Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Massive Sun Valley Fire

A firefighter battles a massive fire in a salvage yard.


Last Sunday, city of Los Angeles firefighters responded to a massive fire at a salvage yard in the Sun Valley area of the city. Fire photographer Rick McClure shared some pics from the spectacular fire.

Fanned by the winds, the fire tore through more than an acre of the five-block yard, according to a report from Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) PSO Erik Scott.

Just before 4:00 PM, LAFD firefighters responded to 9128 Tujunga Avenue, where they found a large “Pick Your Part” lot with more than 15 vehicles well involved in flames. The fire, fanned by five- to 10-mph winds, rapidly spread through the recycling yard and sent a large plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. 

Waves of firefighters were systematically requested and strategically deployed to surround the inferno. Firefighters fought the fire in a “defensive mode,” pouring water on the blaze from the exterior of the auto yard. Firefighters worked closely with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to ensure sufficient water pressure was maintained.

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More than 150 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Gregory Reynar, extinguished the flames in two hours and 16 minutes. However, firefighters remained on-scene through the night to ensure no significant flare-ups. Specialized LAFD Hazardous-Materials firefighters took samples of the water runoff and surrounding air to ensure the safety of all. Due to firefighters’ extensive efforts, no structures were threatened and no one was injured.


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