Fire ignites trees near the Hollywood Bowl as guests leave the ‘Sound of Music’ event

A row of trees caught fire near the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night (September 17), just as guests were leaving the evening’s show.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said The Hollywood Reporter that a fire was only reported shortly after 11 p.m. that involved 10 trees at the location of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Freeway, near the large outdoor concert venue. Three fire companies were dispatched and extinguished the fire, with no reported injuries or damage to the Hollywood Bowl.

No cause of the fire has been determined, although Humphrey noted that there is a homeless encampment near the fire site. The fire was visible as guests exited the venue after the Sing-A-Long Sound of musica popular annual screening of director Robert Wise’s 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.

“We are happy to say the @HollywoodBowl is not threatened and no injuries have been reported. A trio of @LAFD fire companies are on scene handling,” LAFD submitted late Saturday from his LAFD Talk account on Twitter.

This was followed a short time later by message“The somewhat stubborn fire near the @HollywoodBowl, our 1,423rd emergency of the day, fortunately only involves vegetation and has not risen to the level to issue a @LAFD ALERT.”

The Hollywood Bowl, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, first opened in July 1922 and remains one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks. Its summer program, featuring a series of concerts, film screenings and other cultural events, is currently running.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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