GRIFFITH PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) –
A small brush fire exploded near the Los Angeles Zoo in the Griffith Park area at the start of Friday, causing the popular tourist spot to close for the day.
The surface of the fire was estimated to be around 30 acres after burning through heavy ground with "steep and very difficult" terrain, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flare is contained at 15 percent starting at 11:15 am and the flames are no longer visible.
LAFD officials said a fireman was transported to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening tear wound.
LAFD officials said the strong wind was not a factor in the gunfight, which at one point involved over 150 firefighters and two helicopters.
The famous L.A. it was closed to the public for the day. The staff evacuated the animals and some smaller primates, the zoo said in a tweet, adding that it does not appear that the smoke from the fire is causing problems to other animals.
The staff evacuated the animals and some smaller primates. We turned on the sprinklers and started hitting the hill. It does not seem that smoke is causing problems to the animals, but the staff is monitoring the conditions. Given the access to the Griffith park, the zoo will be closed to the public today.
– L.A. Zoo Lights ✨ 11 / 16-1 / 6 (@LAZoo) November 9, 2018
High puffs of smoke could be seen behind the zoo when the blaze broke out.
No structure has been burned or damaged.
The fire lit up amid two large fires burning on the border between Los Angeles and Ventura. Woolsey Fire has carbonized thousands of acres and destroyed several homes.
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