Category Archives: Accidents/Fires

Brush Clearance on Park Land Not Done by California State

Pacific Palisades Community Council President Maryam Zar’s home abuts on State Park land. Plants were overgrown and Zar was worried about brush clearance. She contacted Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and State Senator Ben Allen and asked about the state clearing the … Continue reading

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Accident on PCH Causes Bumper-to-Bumper Traffic in Palisades

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on August 29, a semi-truck was traveling south on PCH. According to one report, the driver swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the roadway. That caused the driver to lose control of the truck, which had … Continue reading

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Lahaina Had Brush Fires Warnings: So Has Pacific Palisades

The nation watched in horror at the devastation of Lahaina and the loss of life, now estimated at 106, because of the fire that ravaged the small town of 13,216 on the west coast of Maui. At least 11,000 people … Continue reading

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October 2019 Getty Brush Fire: Palisades Residents Tried to Evacuate

(Editor’s note: During the Getty Brush Fire, much of Pacific Palisades was under mandatory evacuation. The fire was first reported on October 28 and was contained on November 5. Thousands of people were forced to flee, 10 homes were destroyed and … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Wind-driven Oakland Fire

(Editor’s note: In this 2014 story, Station 69 Captains worried about a wind-driving brush fire.) With Southern California experiencing its worst dry spell on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Palisades firefighters are preparing for the … Continue reading

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The 1978 Blaze Destroyed 25 Homes and St. Matthew’s Church

On the afternoon of October 23, 1978, a blaze started near the intersection of Sepulveda and Mulholland. Whipped by winds that gusted up to 60 miles an hour, it spread west, through Kenter, Mandeville, Sullivan, Rustic, Temescal and Santa Ynez … Continue reading

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Gofundme Organized for El Medio Bluffs Mail Carrier

  “We witnessed an accident at Pacific Coast Highway and Entrada tonight [August 8]. It appears that a motorcyclist was trapped under an SUV,” a resident wrote, and added, “it looked bad.” It was bad. Palisades U.S. Postal Mail Carrier … Continue reading

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Clothes Sought for Lahaina Residents

Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club member Erin Kyle Osborne wrote: “I am sure you are all aware of the horrific fire that has destroyed Lahaina town on the island of Maui. “We have friends who lost everything, their homes burned to … Continue reading

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Brush Clearance Needs to Be Done: Including State Park Land

Annual brush clearance started on May 1 and owners of property located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ), which is most of Pacific Palisades shall maintain their property in accordance with the Fire Code (L.A.M.C. 57.322). Inspectors … Continue reading

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Topanga Fire Shuts Topanga Canyon Boulevard

A brush fire in Topanga was reported around 1:56 p.m. and dubbed the OwenFire (Santa Maria Road). Initially LAFD Engine 69 reported on Twitter that it was ½ acre fire in medium to heavy fuels traveling at a moderate rate … Continue reading

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