Ballona Fire

Westside Current

PLAYA DEL REY-  The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating a fire that that burned more than a half an acre near the Ballona Wetlands. 

A grass fire started near Culver Blvd and Nicolson Street around 2:10 p.m., according to LAFD. 

Five fire companies, including engines with water, were called to the area, according to LAFD. It took crews about an hour to put the fire out.

This is not the first fire to cause damage to sensitive ecological area. A fire that may well have been started by someone in one of the encampments burned five acres of the wetlands on March 23. Fire officials said it took nearly two hours and 54 firefighters to stop the brush fire. While working to put out the fire, officials said they could not access a fire hydrant during the emergency because a camper parked near it blocked access. We asked if firefighters had similar issues for Sunday's fire and were told that access to water is always an issue in areas such as the wetlands. 

City Council District 11 candidate Traci Park has taken a stance on the growing number of RVs and encampments that are visibly damaging portions of the environmentally sensitive area. 

 The RVs started lining up there when police were prevented from issuing tickets or towing vehicles parked overnight alongside the marsh by public health orders. "This is a critical coastal resource that needs to be protected and preserved, and it is a shame that government officials are allowing this to occur,"said Park. 

No word on the cause of Sunday's fire or the environmental impact it will have at this time.