By Matthew Meyer | Reporter
Firefighters spent much of Memorial Day weekend working in grueling, daylong shifts to battle the sprawling brush fire that broke out in Mandeville Canyon on Sunday, May 28.
As the Palisadian-Post went to press, LAFD expressed optimism that they could reach 100 percent containment of the 55-acre blaze by Tuesday evening.
The department described the fire as particularly challenging because it covered mostly rugged, remote terrain with steep hillsides and frequent shale slides—significant threats to firefighter safety.
Over 10,000 feet of fire hose line had to be deployed around the blaze, with each segment of the 50- to 100-foot hoses carried and placed manually by the emergency workers.
Helicopters played a key role throughout the effort by dropping water in some of the fire’s hardest to reach areas.
LAFD believes the brush fire was sparked on Sunday by a gas-driven weed whacker.
At press time, the fire still had no reported injuries or damaged structures.
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