|(August 12, 2020, 8:32 p.m.) -- Today's brush fire at the Nature Center was small, only about 100 square feet and quickly doused by LB Firefighters. LBFD Public Information Officer/PIO Brian Fisk says firefighters were dispatched at 4:44 p.m., on scene by 4:51 p.m. and had the fire out a few minutes later. .
But its location is disurbing to area residents: It was along the San Gabriel River. which runs through the Park north of Willow St, and is the Nature Center's western edge between Spring and Willow Sts. (South of Willow the River is the Park's eastern border.) ..
LBFD Firefighter/PIO Brian Fisk provided LBREPORT.com with a detailed location. He said the fire was at Willow St. adjacent to the bike path on the east side of the San Gabriel River. .
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On days with s stiff wind, today's small brush fire might have become a lot more.
LBFD is investigating the cause of today's fire. In that process, LBFD provides an ignition cause but routinely declines speculate o whether a fire was set by a transient or vagrant unless it has directly observed evidence. .
Today's fire is in the same general general are where residents and bicyclists have reported vagrants and transient encampments. On April 3, 2019, a 43-year old man -- described in an LBPD booking report as a transient -- was arrested and booked on suspicion of violating CA Penal Code section 451(C) (a felony: arson: structure forest/land) in connection with s fire that day that escalated to a second alarm. LB Firefighters had a challenging time knocking down the 2019 blaze, which sent a large smoke plume visible over eastern ELB and snarled traffic along Willow St. and the nearby 605 freeway.
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