Monday, December 11, 2017

La Habra Heights Firefighters Redeployed to the "Thomas" Fire to Protect Carpinteria

La Habra Heights Firefighters were deployed to the "Rye" fire in Santa Clarita as part of Strike Team 1086A on December 5th, 2017.  

E772 Spending cold nights protecting the community
Firefighters extinguishing hot spots
 During this time they provided fire protection and support for Los Angeles County Fire Camp 12 in Castaic.
On December 10th, 2017, Strike Team XLE 1086 was redeployed to the 230,000 acre "Thomas" fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Casitas Pass Rd and Gobernador Canyon Rd. near Carpinteria.
E772 at Base Camp preparing to engage fire on
Casitas Pass Rd. near Carpinteria
The Strike Team is providing structure protection for the community of Carpinteria. They are actively engaging the fire  to protect homes and residents in the area of
During this deployment supporting the California Master Mutual Aid agreement, La Habra Heights remains fully staffed for the protection of the community.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Red Flag Warning Extended Through Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Los Angeles and Orange County Area, including La Habra Heights, through Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 pm.

The Fire Weather Watch is due to low humidity of about 5% with poor overnight recovery, combined with strong, gusty winds. Northeast winds are predicted at 20-35 mph with gusts up to 60 MPH along the coastal slopes. Isolated gusts up to 90 mph likely late tonight through Thursday in the remote canyon and foothill locations.


A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are expected. A combination of gusty winds and low relative
humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Use extreme
caution when using potential fire ignition sources.
* Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see smoke or flames.
* Don’t drive vehicles in the dry brush.
* Do not use power equipment or metal bladed tools during brush clearance
* Do not use fireworks.
* Do not smoke or discard any hot or burning objects
If you see something or someone suspicious call 911, we want to know.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

La Habra Heights Firefighters Deployed to "RYE FIRE" in Santa Clarita

Pursuant to the California Master Mutual Aide agreement, on December 5, 2017, the La Habra Heights Fire Department deployed (1) Engine Company to the "Rye Fire" in Santa Clarita as part of an "Immediate Need" strike team. Additional Firefighters continue to staff fire apparatus within La Habra Heights to respond to any emergencies in the City.
Strong winds combined with low humidity has contributed to multiple large wild fires in the region. Firefighters from throughout the west coast are battling fires throughout the state.

A "Strike Team" consists of (5) Fire Engines and a Battalion Chief Strike Team Leader who work together to attack the fire and protect structures.

Firefighters and Command Staff receive a morning briefing
to discuss strategy, weather, and fire conditions.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Car Slams Guardrail Catching Fire

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 1:13 a.m. a small sedan traveling west bound on East Rd. in La Habra Heights was unable to negotiate a sharp hairpin corner, slamming into the guardrail and bursting into flames.

The driver of the automobile was out of the car upon the arrival of the Fire Department and was not injured. Firefighters extinguished the fire in 15 minutes limiting the fire extension into the surrounding brush.
The force of the impact destroyed about 50' of guardrail and closed East Rd. for about and hour. Firefighters used rotary saws to cut up the guardrail that was twisted across the roadway.
The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vegetation Fire Sparked by Welding operatoin

On Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 11:22 a.m. La Habra Heights Firefighters responded to the 1800 block of Subtropic Dr. on a reported unknown type of fire. On arrival Firefighters discovered a small fire in a in an outdoor vegetation trellis. The majority of fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of Firefighters.

Photo by Rick McClure
Firefighters continued extinguishing the flames and overhauled the area to extinguish any remaining hot spots. flying embers did start a small patch of weeds on fire approximately 75' away. The fire was contained to about 25' of trellis.

The cause of the fire was determined to be due to a welding operation on the overhead trellis.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Auto Fire Extinguished on Encanada Dr. in La Habra Heights

On October 11, 2017 La Habra Heights Firefighters responded to a reported auto fire in the 600 block of Encanada Dr. in La Habra Heights. Upon arrival, Firefighters found a four door sedan with the engine compartment fully involved in fire.

Photos by Nathan Holguin

Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack on the fire preventing it from spreading into the surrounding brush.The cause of the fire is listed as electrical. There were no injuries reported.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Possible Fireworks Spark 2 Acre Brush Fire in La Habra Heights

On July 4th, 2017, at 10 p.m. Los Angeles County and La Habra Heights Firefighters were dispatched to a reported brush fire near Fullerton Rd and Harbor Blvd just South of Pathfinder Rd in Rowland Heights.
Upon Arrival, Firefighters found a brush fire, burning uphill in heavy brush, on the east side of the 2200 block of Fullerton Rd. in La Habra Heights.  Several structures on Oak Ranch Rd were immediately threatened by the approaching fire.

Approximately 150 Los Angeles County and La Habra Heights Firefighters aided by water dropping helicopters conducted a coordinated, aggressive attack on the fire and were able to contain the fire to approximately 2 acres. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night, extinguishing flare ups and hot spots.

Firefighters spent the majority of July 5th in near 100 degree heat overhauling the entire fire area to completely extinguish any remaining fire and embers. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however illegal fireworks have not been ruled out.