Thursday, December 5

The Getty fire was sparked when high Santa Ana winds blew a tree branch onto power lines along the 405 Freeway. Incidents of utility-related wildfires was the focus of a new report released by Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor)

Los Angeles controller releases report about LADWP wildfire prevention plan

The Los Angeles controller recommended new measures to monitor and prevent wildfires with causes related to power utilities. Ron Galperin, the LA controller or chief accounting officer, released his report assessing the fire safety efforts of the LA Department of Water and Power, the largest publicly owned utility company in the country, on Wednesday. Read more...

The Getty fire was sparked when high Santa Ana winds blew a tree branch onto power lines along the 405 Freeway. Incidents of utility-related wildfires was the focus of a new report released by Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor)

The Getty fire did not threaten campus because the wind pushed it west of the 405 Freeway. If such a blaze threatened campus, logistical problems would prevent UCLA from evacuating all students. Instead, the Los Angeles Fire Department would work to defend the campus and students would be free to self-evacuate. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor)
The Getty fire did not threaten campus because the wind pushed it west of the 405 Freeway. If such a blaze threatened campus, logistical problems would prevent UCLA from evacuating all students. Instead, the Los Angeles Fire Department would work to defend the campus and students would be free to self-evacuate. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor)

The Getty fire potentially originated at the 1800 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard when a branch landed on power lines. The Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section determined the cause using burn patterns, witness statements and physical evidence. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)
The Getty fire potentially originated at the 1800 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard when a branch landed on power lines. The Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section determined the cause using burn patterns, witness statements and physical evidence. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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Firefighters are battling a brush fire near the Getty Center, west of the 405 Freeway. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Firefighters are battling a brush fire near the Getty Center, west of the 405 Freeway. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)