PSA from CD5 and CD4 – Fire Risk Warning – #SkirballFire / Sepulveda Pass fire

From Council District 5 – Paul Koretz


Dear friends,

Right now I am at the Command Post for the #SkirballFire / Sepulveda Pass fire near the Getty Center where MANDATORY EVACUATIONS are in effect for all locations within these boundaries:

South of Mulholland Drive / East of 405 Freeway / North of Sunset Blvd / West of Roscomare Rd.

PLEASE COMPLY IMMEDIATELY – Do NOT risk your lives by staying in your home.  Grab your family and your animals and GET OUT of the fire zone!  



For ALL emergency updates, please visit


  • Follow@LAFD with the hashtag #SkirballFire for fire updates. Follow @CHPsouthern for traffic updates.

I’ll keep updating on Social Media but please use news stations as they continue to be in touch with various emergency command posts around the clock.

FOLLOW TWITTER @PaulKoretzCD5 for my updates and my Facebook page at

Finally. do not drive unnecessarily in or near the fire zones (even if WAZE is directing you there) as emergency vehicles need access in and neighbors under evacuation orders need access out.

If you live in adjacent neighborhoods, please prepare for possible evacuation. Please pack anything into your vehicle you need to take with you and be sure you know where your pets are and easily accessible to pack into pet carriers to get out quickly.  Cats, especially, like to hide so now is a good time to place them in a room or area of your home where they remain easily accessible to you.  Visit ReadyLA  http://www.ReadyLA,org  for escape plans for you and your family and pets in order to be prepared to go if evacuation orders come your way.

Air quality is currently unhealthy: Please close all windows and keep doors closed and limit time outdoors.

Finally, I am staying onsite all day with my Chief Deputy of Public Safety assuring that I can keep my community members up to date in real time as it is happening.

My offices are also available to take your calls:
City Hall – 213-473-7005
Valley Office – 818-971-3088
West LA Office – 323-866-1828
My Chief Deputy of Public Safety can be reached at 213-505-8420 at our fire command post.

As always, many thanks to our emergency responders for keeping us safe.


Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

From Council District 4 – David Ryu

With high winds and extreme fire danger across Southern California, a Red Flag Alert remains in effect for the City of Los Angeles as of 8:00 AM this morning. This means that street parking in posted Red Flag Zones is strictly prohibited, and cars parked on the street in these areas will be towed. Read more about Red Flag Alerts here.

As we are seeing in Sylmar and Ventura, wind can change a small fire into an out-of-control inferno in a matter of hours. With high wind in the forecast for the coming days, it is crucial we take every step necessary to safeguard our homes, neighborhoods and City.

You can view active fires in the region at CalFire and get up-to-date news by following LAFD and David Ryu on Twitter.

During this Red Flag Alert, we are asking everyone to take the following precautions:

Clear brush from your property and report any signs of smoke


Fires spread much easier with brush to consume. Read LAFD’s recommendations for safe brush clearance and make sure your property is in compliance with clearance requirements. If you see smoke, report it immediately to LAFD by calling 9-1-1.

Halt outdoor construction

One spark can start a fire that can quickly grow out of control. Especially in the high-risk hillsides and canyons, we are asking everyone to hold off on outdoor construction activities until the threat has passed. Of course, it is also important we stick together in times of heightened risk, and uphold our good neighbor values. Whether you have construction on your property or not, we ask that everyone support one another with understanding and cooperation.

Sign up for Emergency Alerts and Avoid High-Risk Areas


Stay in the know with fire updates and evacuation orders by signing up for andLAFD alerts, and track weather conditions with the National Weather Service. Lastly, please avoid hiking in high-risk fire areas of our hillsides and canyons during the Red Flag Alert period.

Thank you for taking the time to read this special safety alert, and be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news.