Report: Politicans hampered fight against California fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says the battle against last year’s devastating Woolsey wildfire in Los Angeles County was hampered by politicians asking firefighters to check on certain homes.
Friday’s report in the Los Angeles Times cites an LA Fire Department after-action review.
The city department joined the LA and Ventura county departments in battling the November fire that destroyed more than 1,600 homes and other buildings from north of LA to Malibu. Four people died.
The review says a “significant number of requests” were made by political figures to check on specific homes to ensure they were protected. That distracted the fire leadership from accomplishing its priority objectives, according to the report.
Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Ernst tells the Times he doesn’t know which politicians were involved.