Environment & Science

Fire breaks out in Lake View Terrace, threatens homes


A brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon was threatening homes in Lake View Terrace before being officially knocked down as of 4:37 p.m., according to the Los Angeles City Fire Department. It had burned 62 acres and was 95 percent contained. No homes were damaged, though 20 homes had been under voluntary evacuation.

Firefighters responded to what social media was calling the Kagel Fire around 2:30 p.m. at the 1100 block of Kagel Canyon Street, just north of the 210 freeway where it crosses Foothill Boulevard. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered two acres of medium to heavy brush that quickly expanded to five, the department's Erik Scott told KPCC.

They requested an additional five fire engines, and ultimately around 500 personnel were fighting the fire from several agencies.

Lake View Terrace resident Xiantoni Lynch said she could see the fire from her backyard. 

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"You can see all the smoke. The wind is blowing the smoke — it's messed up all the air now. Before, it was clear on this side, now it's not," she said. 

This isn't exactly new to her. She lives by the Hansen Dam, where she sees fires all the time. They've never been asked to evacuate, but said that they would if asked.. 

The threatened homes were on the south side of the fire, Scott said. Crews were sent down there to do structure defense.

The fire unraveled as a red flag warning was in effect for the San Fernando Valley, which is set to expire Thursday night.

It was about 89 degrees with 11 percent humidity at the beginning of the fire, Scott said.  

The cause of the fire is under active investigation.