Firefighters from Stations 19, 23, 37, 63, 69 and 84 responded to a brush fire in the 300 block of Paseo Miramar (above Sunset) at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
LAFD Spokesperson Brian Humphrey said there was an air-and- ground response to the fire that burned less than one-quarter acre of brush, and was knocked down by 11 p.m. There was no wind, no structures were threatened, and no evacuation was required.
Humphrey said that although the incident occurred in the vicinity of an apparently downed or arcing power line or transformer – and there was a power outage reported in the vicinity — the specific cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A Castellammare resident wrote CTN: “Power went out to our entire area at around 10:35 p.m. Sunday night. When I called DWP to report it, I was told it was affecting 600 customers.”
The resident reminded CTN that utilities are underground in the Castellammare Mesa, so “high winds, which we did not have tonight, never affect our wires, since they are protected underground.”
The utilities are above ground in Paseo Miramar. “Apparently, our power is tied into Paseo Miramar, the next neighborhood over,” the resident said.
A December fire on the narrow and winding Paseo Miramar was started when a large eucalyptus tree fell across a power line and caused a transformer fire.
(Editor’s note: This is an area where DWP should inspect equipment and trees, because there is only one way in and out of Paseo Miramar. This could leave residents trapped by a fast-moving brush fire. The last two fires have occurred on evenings when wind was not a factor.)