La Brea Fire

Stories and information on the La Brea Fire, August 2009

La Brea Winds Down

Red Flag alert expired as small team of 295 continue clean up and mitigation work; fire closure area reduced. Read story.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

La Brea Smoke Plumes

Smoke kicks up from interior burn; Manzanita Mt. monitored, no threat as Emergency Closure area reduced. Read story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

La Brea Update

Red Flag alert in effect due to hot, dry weather; area under careful watch as mop up continues. Read story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

La Brea Containment Update

Mop up and clean up of 148 miles of fire line begin. Read story.

Monday, August 24, 2009

La Brea Fire Contained

Containment reached after two weeks in the 89,000 acre wildland fire, all evacuation warnings lifted. Read story.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

La Brea Fire Report for Saturday

Full containment expected today as only two miles of fire line remain in the rugged back-country terrain. Read story.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

La Brea Fire Friday Report

Containment expected tomorrow, hard work and weather aiding suppression effort. Read story.

Friday, August 21, 2009

La Brea Update for Thursday

Full containment growing closer; hot spot work and encircling the fire remain objectives. All evacuation orders in fire area rescinded. Read story.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

La Brea Wednesday Update

Only wilderness areas remain uncontained as fire battle continues to improve, expanded closures and erosion mitigation efforts begin in burnt areas. Read story.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

La Brea Evacuation Orders Downgraded

Additional Evacuation Orders, Warnings Downgraded in La Brea Fire as conditions improve Read story.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

La Brea Fire Tuesday Morning Report

Slow growth for fire as suppression efforts succeed and previous burns slow progress. Read story.

Originally published 9:42 a.m., August 18, 2009
Updated 10:46 a.m., August 18, 2009

La Brea Fire, Day Ten

Firefighting focus will be shoring up the east flank to hold fire advance, 75% containment achieved; community meeting in the evening. Read story.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday Evening La Brea Fire Report

Best day in a week for firefighters, with slow growth, low fire activity and strong advances in containment; southeast remains most active. Read story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some Evacuation Orders Lifted in La Brea Fire

Tepusquet, Colson, and Ruiz Canyons and some rural roads downgraded to evacuation warnings at noon. Los Padres Forest still closed as firefighting continues. Read story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday La Brea Fire Report

New lines drawn and preventive measures increase confidence of increased containment; western flank focus of efforts, while east remains difficult. Read story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009
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