A brush fire burned for almost two hours at the Ballona Wetlands near the Playa del Rey gas storage facility Tuesday, March 23, 2021, and was put down by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The damage was confined to approximately 5 acres. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.
Ground crews were coordinated with water-dropping helicopters to target the pockets of fire along the limited access area, according to the LAFD. Ashes from the fire were reported as far away as Santa Monica.
The fire was reported near the Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve and Playa del Rey oil storage facility at 5701 Lincoln Blvd. about 3:30 p.m., and is believed to have initially started as a trash fire.
The burn area is owned by the State Lands Commission, according to Culver City Patch. It is also one of the areas where endangered species have been found nesting.
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