The fire was reported at around 5pm and smoke quickly filled the nearby Beverly Glen Canyon, worrying residents who were understandably anxious, given the dry spell we've been having. As the air filled with smoke, so too did it fill with the sound of helicopters as LA City FD deployed 5 of their own firefighting helicopters and a mighty Erikson S64E Air-Crane (currently leased by LA County Fire Dept.) together with 130 firefighters. By 7:25pm, LA City Fire Dept., reported that the fire had been "fully contained," in other words "put out" in plain English. The cause of the fire was rumored to be related to some sort of automobile incident, but at the time of writing there's no official word.
In the 10 months that I served at the City Attorney's Office, I got to know a number of firefighters, and whatever might be wrong with the way our City is run, I was always impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the brave men and women of our Fire Dept. Thank you for keeping us safe and dealing with the Mountain Gate Fire so efficiently and effectively.
I did manage to take a few photos of our tax dollars at work, and here's a shot of Helicopter Number 4 dropping water on the fire. There are some more photos at: http://tiny.cc/