Smoke partially blocks the sky and ash is falling in South Pasadena and surrounding areas Saturday, Aug 14 about 3:00pm.
A major fire is in progress at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park “Debs Park” on Monterey Road, adjacent to South Pasadena in the Montecito Hills and Herman neighborhoods – the park entrance is about 1.25 miles away from South Pasadena.
The fire started about 2:45pm according to LAFD radio call reports.
South Pasadena Fire Department reports that LA Fire is handling the blaze at, for the time being. Fire helicopters can been seen overhead, along with multiple fire and rescue vehicles.
Hundreds of residents adjacent to the large park have taken to various social media platforms to post video and photos of the large fire.
Officials can be heard on the radio requesting additional fire units as of 3:45pm.
UPDATE: L.A.F.D. 4:45PM
“All forward progress is stopped with very little to no active flames remaining. Crews will be on scene conducting mop up operations for an undetermined period of time (likely into at least tomorrow). No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Firefighters held it to approximately seven acres. No further updates are anticipated.” ~Margaret Stewart
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“Ernest E. Debs Regional Park is a large open space nature reserve and regional park in the Montecito Hills neighborhood of central-northeast Los Angeles, California. It is named after former County Supervisor Ernest E. Debs. The park is operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.” ~ Wikipedia