GLENDALE >> Nearly 100 firefighters continue battling a 150-acre brush fire above Brand Park that caused minor injury to three firefighters and prompted the airlifting of five hikers on Sunday.
Overnight moisture helped firefighters from various agencies in fighting the blaze, which was reported to have started just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday behind the Brand Park Family Cemetery on West Mountain Street, said Glendale Deputy Fire Chief Greg Fish.
“The weather really helped us big time,” Fish said. “Our cloud cover came. It gave firefighters a chance to make headway. What we’re concerned about is when the overcast lifts, the inversion layer is going to lift, and we’re going to have some warm weather. It’s going to wind test and sun test our slopes.”
The fire remained a safe distance from neighborhoods Monday and was mostly smoldering rather than in flames, he said. However, firefighters were working to knock it down while conditions were favorable.
“You get a smoldering bush and a little bit of heat, and it turns into an active flame again,” Fish said.
At least five hand crews and half a dozen engine companies were on site. In addition to the Glendale Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service had deployed two interagency Hotshots crews, Los Angeles County Fire had three strike teams, and Los Angeles City Fire was also assisting on Monday. Fire crews from Pasadena and Burbank helped the effort on Sunday.
Two firefighters — one from the Burbank Fire Department and one from a Los Angeles County inmate crew — were injured by rolling or falling rocks on Sunday. A third firefighter, from a Los Angeles County crew, received stitches after cutting his hand, Fish said.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday, he added.