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Fire Commission president to media: Don’t call me, maybe

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The president of the Board of Fire Commissioners wants LAFD staff to instruct reporters to stop calling her.

Reporters, if you're looking to chat up the president of the Los Angeles Fire Commission -- don't. She is not interested. 

The point was made clear this morning by Genethia Hudley-Hayes when the commission was briefed on a press release that will be sent out later today. The release is about a task force that was established to look at the Los Angeles Fire Department's ongoing data issues. 

“I am getting calls every other day from the media. I need for that to stop," Hudley-Hayes said. 

The commission president told Battalion Chief Armando Hogan she wants the press release to include a note to media outlets that questions should be directed to the Community Liaison Office. 

"I don’t have an issue if appropriately there’s something that I need to say to the press, but I am telling you that I do not want these people to continue to call me every other day. Somebody called me last night at 8 o’clock and I just find that to be – that’s disturbing to me and it’s stressful for me and my family.”


Man's body found at scene of early morning brushfire

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Brushfire location near 8300 W La Tuna Caynon Rd in Sunland, CA.

A body was found at the scene of a brushfire in the San Fernando Valley near the entrance of the West trail of Santa Monica Conservatory Park, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

Los Angeles Fire Department responders recieved a call at 8300 W La Tuna Caynon Rd just before 3 a.m. Thursday, and the small 20' x 20' Sunland brushfire was quickly extinguished by LAFD personnel.

Arson and homicide investigators arrived at the scene after a man's body was discovered. Officials will try to determine the cause of the fire, and how the body arrived at the location.


Metro track de-energized to rescue fallen man at Pershing Square

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A train arrives at the subway stop at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California.

Metro trains on the Red and Purple lines experienced major service disruptions on Monday after a man was found on the tracks in downtown Los Angeles.

The medical emergency occured near the Pershing Square platform around 1:30 p.m. and tracks had to be de-energized to allow LAFD responders and paramedics to safely reach the injured man.  

Firefighters removed the victim from the tracks and he was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The extent of his injuries, and the circumstances surrounding the incident, are unknown.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told KPCC it was "a preliminary possibility that he may have fallen," according to responders on the scene.

The patient was conscious and not struck by a train, according to officials.


Wildfire warning: A 'red flag' blows in the dry SoCal wind

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This Aug. 30, 2009 file photo shows a deer escaping a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles.

Gusty winds and dry air have created a perfect storm for fire weather in the Los Angeles/Oxnard region prompting the National Weather Service to issue an urgent "red flag warning" on Monday. The Antelope Valley and foothills are officially on alert beginning at noon, and continuing into Tuesday evening.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection keeps a list of current major fire incidents on its website, and also posts updates via its official CAL Fire Twitter accounts.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has a preparedness guide and action plan to help protect your home, your family and yourself, in the event of a disasterous wind-driven wildfire.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


Video: Buscaino joins LAFD at blaze in Watts

When there’s something aflame in the neighborhood? Who ya gonna call? Buscaino! 

A new clip posted to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s YouTube channel today shows the elected hanging out with Fire Station 65 in Watts when the crew responds to a fire in an alleyway.

Buscaino, who was a full-time Los Angeles police officer until he was elected earlier this year, narrates the shaky footage, which shows firefighters extinguishing the blaze in the 9500 block of Croesus. The video was shot Tuesday night during the councilman’s monthly meet-and-greet with firefighters in the Fifteenth District, according to his office.

“We were just sitting when a firefighter just spotted this from the firehouse and these guys ran straight to the fire truck – they didn’t even wait for the call, to get generated” Buscaino says on the video.