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LAFD Asks Public Not to Interfere With Firefighting Operations By Photographing Brush Fires

"We've had several occurrences of people not paying attention to the roads and to equipment because they want to take pictures"

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    People view the Creek Fire burn on a hillside in the Shadow Hills neighborhood on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures.

    The Los Angeles Fire Department asked the public Sunday not to go to the areas of the Skirball and Creek fires to take pictures because it would interfere with firefighting operations.

    "We've had several occurrences of people not paying attention to the roads and to equipment because they want to take pictures," fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. "They are creating safety concerns and we want the people to let the firefighters do their work." 

    The five-day old Skirball Fire -- now 75 percent contained -- has destroyed six homes and damaged 12 others in the Sepulveda Pass and Bel Air. At one time it prompted the evacuation of about 700 homes and an apartment building.

    The Creek Fire that has destroyed dozens of homes and burned more than 15,600 acres in the Sylmar area was 90 percent contained, according to Stewart.

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