LA Zoo evacuates some animals as brush fire burns in Griffith Park

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A man watches flames from a wildfire in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, November 9, 2018. – Staff at the Los Angeles Zoo, which is located in the park are preparing animals to be evacuated.
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Zoo evacuated some animals late Friday morning as firefighters continued to battle a 30-acre brush fire in a remote area of Griffith Park.

Zoo staff evacuated bird show animals and some smaller primates, the zoo tweeted about 10:45 a.m.

“We turned on sprinklers & began hosing the hillside. It doesn’t appear the smoke is causing issues for animals but staff is monitoring conditions,” the zoo added.

The fire was first reported about 7 a.m. behind the zoo, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart stated in a news alert. It quickly grew to 2 acres, and by 9:30 a.m., it had charred 30 acres, according to the department.

The fire was at 5 percent containment and it was stopped from spreading any further. The blaze was in a remote area covered in “heavy brush with steep and very difficult terrain to navigate,” according to an LAFD alert.

Zoo staff were also “hosing down the most vulnerable hillside areas,” according to a tweet.

The zoo remained closed to the public for the day. Also, freeway off-ramps at Riverside Drive, Crystal Springs Drive, and Zoo Drive were closed, the zoo tweeted.

More than 127 firefighters were in involved in the effort. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, according to LAFD.

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