A number of dangerous brush fire swept the Los Angeles, California (west coast of United States) area this week.
MS Brush fire pan to road
MS Brush fire
LS Firemen fighting fire
Pan - brush fire
CU Firemen with hose fighting fire
MCU Brush fire
MS Firemen and equipment
LS Plane overhead
CU Plane spraying chemicals on fire
CU Brush fire
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Background: A number of dangerous brush fire swept the Los Angeles, California (west coast of United States) area this week. Roughly seven hundred acres to chapparal have been burned over, scores of houses threatened, and the fire-fighting resources of the city strained to near the breaking point.
Our film shows some of the fire-fighting effort on Wednesday, 11 September, when six separate brush fires broke out. Roughly ninety percent of Los Angeles fire-fighting equipment was called out to battle the flames; three firemen were injured, and three hundred and seventy five acres burned over. Chief Marvin Meador of the Los Angeles Fire Department said the dangerous fires may have been set by arsonists. The Department questioned several people but no arrests were made.
Chapparal is a shrub which, at this season of the year, is filled with a highly inflammable resin. In a dry autumn, particularly after a dry summer, the hills around the city are extremely dangerous. Motorists driving through are not permitted to smoke, lest a cigarette but tossed from a passing car ignite the landscape. Such fires in the pas have damaged wide areas, and destroyed numerous residences.
Firefighters build "roads" through the brush called fire-breaks in an effort to make a barren strip ahead of the fire which it cannot cross. Firehoses are used to douse the borders of the strip with water. Airplanes spray the firebreaks with fire-retardant chemical. Once a brush fire of this sort gets going, it is impossible to put impossible to put it out. It can only be contained and kept from spreading while it burns up the available fuel and dies out.
So far, the Los Angeles Fire Department has been able to keep the fires under control.