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The Griffith Park Fire Remembered

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One year ago today, the blaze that ripped through more than 800 acres at Griffith Park began. Seen from all over Los Angeles (see this photo essay), the sight of the fire eating up Los Angeles' gem saddened many in the city. It took three days to knockdown.

Today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Tom LaBonge and other city officials will be holding a ceremony to honor those who fought the fire. "It's a tribute to the training, knowledge and skill of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the many other agencies that participated in fighting this devastating blaze that no one was hurt or killed and only one home was damaged," city councilman Tom LaBonge said to KNBC. "The mayor and I want to recognize the great work that firefighters and rangers did one year ago during the fire."

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Photographer Colin Brown walked into the park after the fire was extinguished and took many haunting and eerie photos of the landscape and of dead animals. "The park was polarized by the fire -- everything was either black or white. What led me to the canyon where I found the animals, aside from the awful stench, were the ravens...hundreds of ravens cawing so loudly that it sounded like a party," he said in an interview with LAist. "But it was a feast; in their beaks were tufts of fur." Last Saturday, he opened gallery show featuring those photos.

For the latest on Griffith Park and closures, Parks & Recreation has set up a blog. Problem is, it hasn't been updated since January.