Multi-Agency Response to Brush Fire | Topanga
Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a brush fire that broke out the afternoon of Monday, July 19, at Tuna Canyon Road and Las Flores Heights Road in Topanga.
Units initially responded to a three-acre brush fire that grew to a second-alarm response.
“195 firefighters are now committed in the air and on the ground,” LACoFD reported on Monday evening. “In addition to our [Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Section] water dropping helicopters, we also have fixed wing retardant dropping aircraft inbound to battle this blaze.”
Forward progress on the fire was stopped in one hour and 56 minutes, as per LACoFD. Smoke could be seen from the Palisades Village area, as well as from PCH.
As the Palisadian-Post went to print Tuesday evening, the fire stood at 15 acres, and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. No civilian injuries were reported.
‘Stop Senior Scams’ | Pacific Palisades
The Palisades Alliance for Seniors invites community members to its Thursday, July 22, program: “Stop Senior Scams,” featuring performers from the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program of Los Angeles.
“You may remember the Stop Senior Scams troupe from when they performed for us in person at the library two years ago,” event organizers shared ahead of July 22. “The troupe uses theater to dramatize senior scams, and educate older adults about the dangers of fraud and how to prevent it. The performers, aged 65 to 100 years old, use skits to demonstrate their experiences, and teach how to identify and stop elder abuse and scams that target older adults.
“Over the past year, they have successfully adjusted their program format to fit the parameters of Zoom with fewer live skits and increased time for questions and answers about current scams.”
The program will start at 10:30 a.m. and run for about an hour via Zoom, led by educator and retired senior investigator with the Federal Trade Commission’s western regional office Ann Stahl.
Interested Palisadians must register in advance by emailing the Palisades Alliance for Seniors at email@example.com.
Repairs Underway | Palisades Branch Library
Repair work began at Palisades Branch Library following a fire that broke out in October 2020, Peter Persic, director of public relations and marketing for Los Angeles Public Libraries, confirmed.
Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Robert Bates said at the time a fire sprinkler was able to keep the fire contained until firefighters arrived and did the final extinguishing.
“Firefighters saved nearly all of the books inside, while extinguishing the flames and stopping the water flow from automatic fire sprinklers,” Nicholas Prange of LAFD said in a statement.
“There was a lot of the library that kept from getting damaged because the guys did such great work on the salvage operations to protect it,” Robert Bates said to the Palisadian-Post. “They protected a lot of the interior of the library just from further damage with that sprinkler head going off.”
Persic said the library, which has been closed since earlier in 2020, originally due to COVID-19, is slated to reopen this fall.
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