Category: Public Safety

Creek Fire: 95 Percent Contained; 60 Homes Lost

Creek Fire

Firefighters continued to make progress overnight, bringing the 15,600-acre Creek Fire to 95 percent containment

The Creek Fire was 95 percent contained Monday after destroying dozens of homes and scorching more than 15,600 acres, and full containment was expected later in the day, authorities said.

The upgraded containment figure from 90 to 95 percent was reported by Cal Fire Sunday night.

The wind-driven blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday. Over the weekend, more than 1,700 firefighters continued to patrol the area in Sylmar and improve lines of cleared vegetation.

The fire has destroyed 60 homes and 63 outbuildings, damaged another 55 homes and 26 outbuildings, and scorched 15,619 acres, Cal Fire reported. Currently, 2,500 structures continue to be threatened.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Tuesday.

On Friday, all evacuation orders were lifted at 6 p.m. Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday affected about 150,000 households citywide, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said “thousands upon thousands of homes” had been protected over the past few days.

All roads have reopened, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch’s horses.

Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on Los Angeles’ Westside — a total of 265 district schools and charter schools — were closed through last Friday. They have re-opened today.

The Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Has Begun

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The City has engaged in a massive Sidewalk Repair Program in part to repair and upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps adjacent to City-owned pedestrian facilities, so that they are compliant with applicable accessibility requirements.  Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed, as well. Additionally, the City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the administration of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and its objectives.

In order to do this, the City must engage in an environmental review of the project. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program and the anticipated scope of the Environmental Impact Review, are available for public review and comment at the following website: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process.

Ways to provide input:  Read more »

BE ON THE LOOKOUT – DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO IT IS

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NORTH GRANADA HILLS AREA ALERT

Residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Zelzah and Rexbon (North of Rinaldi).

The incident occurred on today’s date at approximately 3 pm.

Consistent with the “knock-knock” burglary method the resident answered the door and was confronted by the suspect who stated he was looking for his workout partner named Anthony.

When turned away by the homeowner the suspect pulled a hoodie over his head and fled in a Black Range Rover that was staged nearby.

Noteworthy is that it appears the suspect used an electronic jamming device to interfere with the residents Ring Alert system and as a result the incident was not caught on camera.

The suspect is described as a young Male African/American 16/22 yrs with a secondary vehicle (Black SUV) also staged across the street of the residence.

Please remember to always lock your doors, remain vigilant, work with your neighbors and be highly suspicious of strangers knocking on doors.

The “knock knock” method obviously refers to individuals ringing the doorbell as well and, as in most cases, when confronted by the homeowner these individuals will use a lame excuse as to why they are there.

In today’s event, in particular, I have no doubt the homeowner prevented a residential burglary from occurring.

LAPD SLO D. DEL CORE

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ALERT 03/24/16, NORTHERN GRANADA HILLS AREA

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There have been several Residential Burglaries in the past week within a mile range of Frost Middle School (area of Bradford/Nugent) and in the residential neighborhood just North of Louise/Rinaldi. These incidents have occurred within a wide time spectrum, between 7:30 am and midnight, with a couple of confirmed night time incidents.
Locations were all single family residences and all homes were accessed by smashing a glass window or door. Most prominent property taken has been money and jewelry.
Therefore, please:

  • Take every precaution in securing your property and be highly aware of your surroundings.
  • Look for vehicles and activity which is unusual for your neighborhood.
  • Take the time as you go in/out of your home to scan the street; you are looking for something that looks out of place. It could be a parked vehicle with people just sitting in it, an unfamiliar vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway or a pedestrian going from door to door.
  • If you see this type of activity pay attention and evaluate the situation.
  • The question is “what do you think is going on?” If you suspect criminal activity don’t hesitate and phone the police right away. It is better to err in the side of caution than to let a potentially dangerous situation develop without reporting it. Use 911 for all emergencies and crimes in progress. Use the direct dispatch line for all non-emergency calls by dialing 1-877-275-5273.
  • Everyone should have the direct dispatch number on their cell phones. Do not call Devonshire Desk or any other number to get police response. You should only be using 911 or direct dispatch, depending on the urgency of the situation.
  • Don’t confront or expose yourself to danger.
  • Don’t leave your front door open or unlocked but do announce you are home if you get a knock on the door.
  • Don’t store excessive valuables in your home and record serial numbers of all electronics, firearms etc. Do take photos of you jewelry.
  • And finally be sure to remove any garage door openers from your parked vehicle, especially when the vehicle will be left overnight in front of the home or in the driveway.

Visit www.crimemapping.com to track crime in your area.
Be safe and please share this information with your neighbors.

LAPD SLO DARIO DEL CORE

Your 2016 Granada Hills North Neighborhood Newsletter is Now Available

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This year, we filled 8 pages to create the most informative newsletter we’ve ever created.

Some of the topics addressed include:

  • Robocalls
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Neighborhood Council Elections
  • A New Project at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill
  • Illegal Sign Posting
  • Neighborhood Watch News
  • and Aliso Canyon Gas Spill Updates

Click here to download the 2016 Newsletter, or just read it below.

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Preparing Your Home For El Niño

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What is El Niño?
El Niño is a warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator caused by a weakening of the trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. When ocean temperatures are warmer or cooler than normal, they can affect weather around the world. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others.

When are the heavy rains expected?
In Los Angeles, the normal wet season happens between October and February. The peak of our wet weather for this El Niño is expected to occur between December 2015 and February 2016. After four years of drought and wildfires, much of the land across Los Angeles is incapable of absorbing large amounts of rain, increasing the potential for flooding and mudslides.

What are the effects of a strong El Niño winter?
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rainfall this winter, especially to the southern tier of the United States. The intensity and duration of rainfall in the coming months could lead to devastating floods, mudslides and debris flows, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought or areas scarred by past wildfires.

How can you get ready for El Niño?

  • Know your flood risk. Flooding is the costliest and deadliest disaster in the US. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flooding. Decide if flood insurance is right for you.
  • Pay attention to the weather and to any advisories or warnings related to winter storms.
  • Get free emergency alerts sent to you via text, voicemail, or email by registering at NotifyLA.org, the City of Los Angeles official emergency alert system.
  • Keep streets and gutters clear before and during storms. One plastic trash bag can block a storm drain and flood an entire street.
  • Get a kit and make a plan. An emergency kit stocked with food, water, flashlights, and extra medications and batteries will help you weather the storm.
  • Fix poorly draining or leaky roof tops.
  • Check your windshield wipers and brakes, replace if necessary.
  • Never try to drive through a flooded roadway. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or disable your vehicle.

We encourage all Angelenos to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system to find extensive information about storm and emergency preparedness. Once an individual registers, they will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts only if their geographic area is impacted by an emergency. To register, go to www.ElNinoLA.com.

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