Category Archives: Accidents/Fires

Palisades Fire Update: Questions about the Use of Drones and Phos-Chek

The Palisades Fire, which started on May 14 at 10:02 p.m. in the 1800 block of Michael Lane in the Highlands, had 100 percent containment on May 26. The fire burned about 1,202 acres and there were no homes damaged … Continue reading

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Agencies Meet to Address Fire/Homeless Concerns in Pacific Palisades Area

The recent Palisades Fire brought together City, County and State officials, because it spread through those jurisdictions that included City (the Highlands), the County (Topanga) and State parks (Will Rogers and Topanga). LAPD Captain Jonathan Tom, commanding officer of the … Continue reading

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Kamer’s Study Highlights Traffic/Pedestrian Dangers in Will Rogers Beach Area

  Resident Lou Kamer shared a preliminary traffic study he conducted in the Will Rogers State Beach Area, where Councilman Mike Bonin is proposing to house the homeless. “I am putting out a call to residents, businesses, etc., to gather … Continue reading

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Letter to a Midwesterner Explaining the Palisades Fire and Homelessness

Dear Mom, You may have heard that we had a brush fire in Pacific Palisades. Even though the brush hadn’t burned in nearly 60 years, we were lucky because there were no winds and no structures burned. They caught a … Continue reading

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Two Councilman’s Different Views on the Palisades Fire

Councilmember Mike Bonin in CD 11 wrote on Twitter: “Arson is a heinous felony and the person responsible for setting the #PalisadesFire and risking the lives of residents and firefighters should be prosecuted and held fully accountable. Intentionally setting a … Continue reading

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Officials Update Palisades Fire Situation at Will Rogers Beach Press Conference

All fire photos are property of Gary Baum and may not be reproduced without his permission.  (Editor’s note: There was 23% containment of the Palisades Fire and it remained at about 1,325 acres as of Monday evening, according to LAFD … Continue reading

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Palisades Fire Is Zero Percent Contained; Hundreds of Highlands Residents Receive an Evacuation Warning

Tonight, when Circling the News went to press, there was zero percent containment of the Palisades Fire, which had grown to more than 1,325 acres at last report. LAFD Spokesperson Margaret Stewart released the following statement at 6 p.m. “During … Continue reading

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Arson Suspect Sought After Fires Are Set in the Highlands and Topanga State Park

  The first of several brushfires was reported off Michael Lane in the Highlands at 10 p.m. Friday night, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. LAFD reported three hours later that there are “72 firefighters on scene, … Continue reading

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Dog Killed in Arson Fire: Remembered in Ceremony on Venice Beach

A ceremony was held May 2 on Venice Beach to honor an 8-month old dog, Togo, and his owner, Dr. Courtney Gillenwater. The dog perished in an alleged arson fire in the early a.m. on April 21 in Venice. Gillenwater, … Continue reading

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Fire Department Seeks Fire Spotters Who Can Sit at Home and Monitor LAFD Cameras

The 1910 Great Fire killed 85 people and burned three million acres in northern Idaho, western Montana, eastern Washington and southeast British Columbia. Afterwards, the U.S. Forest Service (and, starting in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps), eventually built more than … Continue reading

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