Brushfire Closed Pacific Coast Highway

California has had more than its fair share of devastating fires this year. Another potentially catastrophic fire was avoided on Friday when firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to a fire that broke out along Tuna Canyon Road last week.  

The Malibu Times reports that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has arrested the man on suspicion of arson for starting a brush fire on Friday, November 13th. The blaze forced the closure of a portion of Pacific Coast Highway for several hours.  

Los Angeles County Fire received the call at approximately 5:03 a.m. The LAFD fought the fire between Topanga Canyon Road and Los Flores Canyon Road by using air and ground fire fighting measures. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about an hour.

During the incident, the California Highway Patrol shut down a portion of PCH and rerouted traffic.   PCH reopened at approximately 9:00 a.m.

In a statement, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, Sgt. Brad Feder told reporters that the unidentified man who started the fire was possibly homeless or transient and that the fire accidentally started from an encampment. “It’s a negligent arson charge,” Sgt. Feder said. “It was an accident, but it’s negligent.

According to Melinda Choi, Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor, the fire consumed approximately one acre in total.  No homes or other structures were damaged in the fire.

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