Vehicle Fire Sparks Brush Fire

DIAMOND BAR, CA — A vehicle fire on the northbound side of the Orange (57) Freeway in Diamond Bar quickly spread to nearby vegetation and triggered a fast-moving brush fire Tuesday afternoon.

Los Angeles County quickly deployed the two Super Scooper water-dropping planes, on lease, for the first time this year in Los Angeles County and stopped the brush fire in its tracks. According to local reports the fire began shortly after 4 p.m. on the northbound side of the freeway near Pathfinder Road off ramp before spreading to nearby vegetation.

Firefighting crews and the planes quickly got the upper hand on the blaze and had the fire’s forward progress halted within the hour. The quick decisive actions taken by the Los Angeles County Fire Department were directly responsible for the fact that only 3 acres were lost to the fire. There were also no reports of injury or structure damage.

The Super Scooper planes, leased from the Canadian province of Quebec, recently arrived in the county for the main fire season. These specialty planes can fly up to 200 miles per hour and scoop up 1,620 gallons of water in just 12 seconds.

The county first leased these planes to help out during the 1994 fire season and they have been helping California firefighters put out wildfires in ever since.