Brush fire contained near Griffith Observatory; a ‘person of interest’ is detained

A brush fire burns near the Griffith Observatory.

A brush fire was contained near Griffith Observatory in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, officials said.

The fire was reported at 2:43 p.m. and was burning a small amount of brush and grass in the 2600 block of North Nottingham Avenue, according to Nicholas Prange with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The blaze was contained at 6 acres by about 4 p.m.

“Nearly all active flame has been eliminated and forward progress stopped after one hour and twelve minutes,” the Fire Department wrote in a statement.


Los Angeles Police Department officials said “a person of interest” had been detained as of 4 p.m.

For a time, smoke and flames were visible from surrounding neighborhoods as nearly 100 firefighters battled on the ground and helicopters made water drops.

The fire was near the Boy Scout Trail in Griffith Park, just south of the observatory.

Griffith Observatory and the surrounding trails in the park were being evacuated, Los Angeles park rangers said.

No homes were evacuated.