LAFD Battling Brush Fire in Rustic Canyon

At least 156 firefighters and four helicopters are on the scene.

A brush fire has broken out in Rustic Canyon in Pacific Palisades near Rustic Canyon Ranch. At least 156 firefighters and four Los Angeles Fire Department helicopters are battling the blaze, which is spread over seven acres, according to several LAFD alerts. The fire is spreading, as the initial LAFD report said the fire was burning over five acres.

Firefighters were dispatched to the remote area of 3000 Rustic Canyon Road at around 12:30 p.m., with multiple people calling to reporting the flames, according to the LAFD.

No homes are immediately threatened and no injuries have been reported. About 100 campers and staff at Camp Josepho are sheltered in a safe place and not in harm's way, according to LAFD.

The LAFD is working with California State Park rangers to locate groups of hikers who may be close to the fire.

Rustic Canyon Ranch is a 110-acre horse ranch that features 15 cabins, according to its website. However, no structures or people are immediately threatened, according to the LAFD.

Nearby is also Murphy Ranch, a former Nazi camp located in the Rustic Canyon area of Pacific Palisades. It was named after the Murphy family that made money in the thumbtack business. 

City and county fire personnel have also been busy since Friday afternoon , which is still burning.

Patch will update this story as more information is available.

Vicki Warren September 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
The LAFD information report as of 10:30 Saturday night said the fire was 75% contained, no active flame. Same information as in the current Patch article as of Sunday am.
David Carini September 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Yes, a former nazi camp. http://pacificpalisades.patch.com/articles/murphy-ranch-mysteries-revealed
David Carini September 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Yes, the fire is 75 % contained, according to LAFD updates. I didn't see the story on Channel 5 this morning, but there are no injuries, the fire is not near any homes. http://lafdalert.blogspot.com/
Laurel Burik September 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I live on Bayliss north of Queensferry and I find it strange the fire moved southeast, when the winds were coming from the west and southwest. The horse ranch is considerably northwest from my backyard, yet I could see the fires southwest of me. I would think the fire would have headed northeast from the horse ranch. I saw the fire as I was driving back from the Palisades right around 12:30, and it was already a huge tower of smoke. As I came down Bayliss, I could see scattered pockets of fire already on the Sullivan Canyon downslope, and I thought it was odd they were so scattered. Could it be an arsonist was setting fires on their way back from near the horse ranch? Thankfully the helicopters and super scoopers put those fires out fairly quickly, as had it come down into Sullivan Canyon, it would have roared up the other side into our backyards. I remember silently wishing the super scoopers would come up the bottom of Sullivan and drop there to prevent that, and soon after, they did. I just have to wonder why we lease those planes instead of owning them outright. We certainly got our money's worth. I thank the LAFD and especially Station 19. I saw them as the first responders as I was driving back on Sunset, and they were headed towards Will Rogers. Even though I did my brush clearance a few months ago, I'm having my guys come back and clear it again. That was just too close a call.
Denise Kelton September 29, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Agreed! I also live on Bayliss and it was really scary. And I would also like to know why California doesn't invest in buying their own super scoopers; seems to make sense given the fires that this state regularly has.


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