Zoo staff are preparing animals for evacuation
A brush fire in Griffith Park is burning Friday, and employees at the Los Angeles Zoo are preparing to evacuate animals if necessary
At 11:15 a.m. the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the fire was holding at 30 acres.
The zoo has been closed to visitors. Animal evacuations have not been ordered, but zoo officials tweeted that staff had evacuated “bird show animals” and “smaller primates.” Zoo staff are also “hosing down the most vulnerable hillside areas” and preparing other animals for evacuation.
The Riverside Drive off-ramp on the eastbound 134 freeway has been closed due to the fire. The Zoo Drive and Griffith Park Drive exits on the northbound 5 freeway, and the Zoo Drive exit on the westbound 134 are also closed.
More than 100 firefighters are battling the fire, which is burning in “heavy brush” directly east of the zoo and the nearby Autry Museum of the American West. It’s now 15 percent contained.
At this point no structures have been burned. One firefighter is being treated for a “non-life threatening” injury.
Staff evacuated bird show animals & some smaller primates. We turned on sprinklers & began hosing the hillside. It doesn’t appear the smoke is causing issues for animals but staff is monitoring conditions. Given ltd access to Griffith Park the Zoo will be closed to public today.
— L.A. Zoo Lights ✨ 11/16—1/6 (@LAZoo) November 9, 2018
Earlier this year a fire burned about two dozen acres in Griffith Park and forced the Griffith Observatory to close before firefighters contained the blaze.
This story will be updated.