Last Week’s L.A. River Brush Fire

April 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

Most of the in-channel vegetation burned was palm trees - a non-native invasive plant

The Eastsider, L.A. Times and ABC 7 scooped L.A. Creek Freak on this one. The Eastsider features an excellent blazing flames photo by Nicole Antebi – and there was apparently TV news footage aired, but I couldn’t find it online (if you find it, post the link in comments, please.) Last Wednesday April 7th, there was a brush fire that burned about a half-acre of vegetation in and along the Los Angeles River at Taylor Yard. My friend Jason and I saw the smoke while we were exploring the 7th Street Bridge.

The burn area is right near the end of the access road that goes to the Metrolink maintenance yards at Taylor Yard. (That unnamed road is off San Fernando Road at the downstream end of Rio de Los Angeles State Park.) Most of the fire was in the channel itself, mostly burning palm trees. It appears that it started buring in-channel vegetation, then spread to the vegetation along the access road along the top of the channel.

The cause of the fire is apparently still unknown. My hunch would be that it was either homeless or someone playing with fire. The area that burned is not next to any actual buildings – the nearest one would be the Metrolink train sheds… about a quarter-mile away.

This week I got a chance to go out and see the burn site, and record it for our readers:

Burned palms visible from the Elysian Valley side of the river.View looking upstream from the Northeast side of the river.

 More photos posted to the L.A. Creek Freak Facebook Group.

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