Firefighters Knock Down Brush Fire Below Griffith Observatory

The small fire burned less than one acre near the Griffith Park landmark

By Jonathan Lloyd and Adrian Arambulo
|  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 8:33 AM PDT
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A small brush fire burned overnight below the Griffith Observatory. Adrian Arambulo reports for Today in LA on Wednesday April 16, 2014.

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A small brush fire burned overnight below the Griffith Observatory. Adrian Arambulo reports for Today in LA on Wednesday April 16, 2014.

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Firefighters on narrow access roads extinguished a small brush fire Wednesday morning on a hillside below the Griffith Observatory.

The fire burned less than one acre near the Griffith Park landmark, but more than 40 firefighters battled the fire for more than one hour. The fire left behind a charred area between the Griffith Observatory and Greek Theater.

No injuries were reported.

The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m., was in an area accessed on narrow roads that could only be reached with smaller firefighting vehicles. Those vehicles have a limited water capacity, so crews had to make several re-filling trips.

The fire might have started by someone who was cooking near the location, but authorities could not confirm the cause. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and open fires are prohibited.

In May 2007, an 800-acre fire burned through the park and threatened the Observatory, site of several film scenes including climactic sequences from 1955's "Rebel Without a Cause."

Griffith Park includes more than 4,200 acres of wilderness and landscaped parkland.

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