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Fire in Griffith Park holding at 30 acres. LA Zoo evacuates some birds, smaller primates

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Amy DiPierro, Palm Springs Desert Sun

 

The Los Angeles Zoo has evacuated bird show animals and some smaller primate species in response to a Griffith Park brush fire currently holding at 30 acres.

In a statement, the zoo said it has also switched on its sprinkler system and started hosing down the hillside by hand.

“It does not appear that the smoke is causing any issues for the animals but on-site staff is monitoring the conditions,” the statement said. “Given the limited access to the park, the Zoo will be closed to the public today.”

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The Los Angeles Fire Department also tweeted updates on the brush fire in Griffith Park. As of 10:24 am, LAFD said the fire was holding at 30 acres, with 5 percent containment, and that “forward progress of the fire stopped.” No evacuation orders are in place, no structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported. Over 127 LAFD firefighters are on the scene. The department reported that firefighters have encountered “difficult terrain” as they reach the fire.

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