Brush Fire Stopped below Tahitian Terrace

This photo was taken from a balcony on Tahitian Terrace and captures the LAFD response to the brush fire. The cause is under investigation.


LAFD Station 69 received a call at 10:45 p.m. of a fire in moderate brush below Tahitian Terrace Mobile Home Park on Halloween, October 31.

Located near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway on Temescal Canyon Road, a quick response and no wind helped firefighters. The forward progress of the fire was stopped about a half an hour later and evacuations were not necessary.

At 11:16, LAFD released this statement “Currently no structures are threatened, and no injuries reported.  Firefighters will continue to encircle and fully extinguish the flames then proceed into an overhaul operation to mop up any remaining hot spots.”

LAFD Station 23 was onsite this morning looking for hotspots. The ground was still smoldering.

Station 69 was back with Pacific Palisades Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin this afternoon doing an investigation. It appeared that the fire started near the sidewalk.

Firefighters said there was no evidence of any sort of homeless encampment in that area.

There had been reports of fireworks shot off between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. and there was a possibility an ember from the fireworks could have started the fire.

One of the homeless by the beach this morning said it was fireworks from the El Medio bluffs that landed on the hillside and ignited it.

Firefighters said if there had been wind, it could have resulted in a different scenario for the people living in Tahitian.

Parents are asked to monitor possible fireworks deliveries to their home and to be aware that if their child sets off a firework that causes a destructive fire, they may be held responsible.

Station 23 worked to put out the hotspots on the steep hillside this morning. Station 69 followed up this afternoon.


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2 Responses to Brush Fire Stopped below Tahitian Terrace

  1. leslie campbell says:

    My friend David Applebaum took that amazing photo and I want to give him his due credit. I also want to thank our firefighters for averting a very real disaster! We were lucky…

  2. David Applebaum says:

    I like Circling the News and say it’s ok you used my photograph of the fire from a Tahitian Terrace deck

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