Griffith Park Fire, 5/8/2007

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Griffith Park Fire, 5/8/2007

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat May 19, 2007 5:48 pm

As some of you may have heard, we had an 800 acre fire in the Griffith Park hills. These are the eastern edge of the Hollywood Hills. I have been taking Samantha for weekend walks in the area occasionally, and 3 weeks ago we hiked in the area that was most intensely burned.

The northeast side of Griffith Park is visible from my front balcony, where I took the last 6 pictures below. Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre and the threatened Loz Feliz homes (none were lost) are on the southeast side.

Griffith Observatory reopened to the public last November after an extensive remodeling and underground expansion that took 4 1/2 years http://www.griffithobservatory.org/obsrenovation.html . It will be the site of the 3rd Solar Eclipse Conference Aug. 24-26 http://uk.geocities.com/solareclipseweb ... C2007.html . I will leave for 19 days in Peru and Chile the next day Aug. 27.
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Last November Samantha and I climbed an hour to Mt. Chapel. Mt. Hollywood is behind my head in the picture, with the Observatory just down the ridge to the right and downtown L.A. in background.
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When I got home from work on May 8 the visible fire was just above the area we hiked 3 weeks ago.
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Compared to the first pic the fire is moving NW up the ridge on Mt. Hollywood.
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At this point the fire looked like it stopped advancing NW on Mt. Hollywood. But it was getting stronger on the far side of the ridge.
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The increasing glow from behind the ridge shows intensity increasing on the southeast side.
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After dark the glow from the southeast side is even brighter.
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I found this picture online of the fire from the Los Feliz side, with Griffith Observatory silhouetted on the ridge.
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Last edited by Tony Crocker on Sat May 19, 2007 6:50 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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re: Griffith Park Fire, 0508007

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat May 19, 2007 6:28 pm

Most Griffith Park facilities are open, but they still do not want you in the hills. So it took some stealth for Samantha and me to get up there.
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I found this picture online, taken 5/13 from Griffith Observatory of the burnt SE side of Mt. Hollywood. Firefighters prevented much fire from burning west of the peak, or from getting any closer to the Observatory or the Greek Theatre just below.
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First view of burned areas today. I could see that the prominent rock at upper right had a fence to protect viewers, so I decided to figure out how to get up there.
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Samantha takes a breather when we reach the prominent rock viewpoint.
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Looking SE at the trails we hiked 3 weeks ago. The firefighters successfully kept the fire out of the flat picnic and playground areas at left.
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Looking south from the viewpoint nearly everything is burned. I considered hiking out via the ridge trail at center until I saw the ranger in a truck on the Vista del Valle road. So I headed down down a fire road on the northeast side.
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The viewpoint is just a stroll from the road, open normally only to hikers. I came up a steep hiking trail in the canyon at right, which was not burned. Nearly everything on the left side was burned.
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re: Griffith Park Fire, 5/8/2007

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:09 pm

Yesterday Samantha and I ascended the northeast fire road we descended 5/19, got across Vista del Valle and made it to the top of burned out Mt. Hollywood. From there we descended toward Griffith Observatory, then down to the Greek Theatre.

I'm going to send this link to the Solar Eclipse Mailing List, as many will be coming from far away to the Solar Eclipse Conference Aug. 24-26 and have probably heard about the fire.
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Fire burned hot enough to melt these telephone wires.
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Everything is burned along Via del Valle and Dante's View high point at distance.
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View east over golf courses and I-5 Freeway to downtown Glendale, where SEC visitors will stay in August. Prominent Bee Rock at center is highest point I reached on 5/19 hike.
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The firefighters kept the fire from burning west of this ridge. Right peak is Mt. Chapel, where Samantha and I are in the "before" picture from last November. Left peak with the radio tower is Mt. Lee, which has the HOLLYWOOD sign on its south flank.
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Panoramic view south from Mt. Hollywood. Downtown L.A. in haze at upper left. Griffith Observatory upper right. Dark red Greek Theatre seats barely visible distant center. Mid-distance ridgelines are burned.
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Zoom shot of Griffith from same place as above picture.
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Just below Mt. Hollywood is an intensely burnt area. One of the few places the fire got west of Mt. Hollywood.
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Closest good view of Griffith Observatory before I got too low. As I'm already out of the burn area, you can see the fire was kept well away from the Observatory.
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