Palm Trees Burn as Brush Fire Ignites Near Hotel in Long Beach
Firefighters responded to a brush fire Wednesday that spread to some palm trees outside a hotel in Long Beach on Wednesday.
The fire began before 10:30 a.m. near the Sea Port Marina Hotel at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway (map).
The fire appeared to have started in a grassy area near the hotel, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
Fire crews were dousing dozens of palm trees lining the streets around the hotel that had caught fire, video showed.
The blaze came as much of Southern California was under a red flag warning amid a searing heat wave. There were multiple large fires in San Diego County, and dozens of homes had burned.
In Long Beach, people were asked to avoid the area from East Second Street and PCH through Westminster Boulevard and Studebaker Road, a news release from the Long Beach Police Department stated.
Multiple roadways were closed due to the fire, Long Beach police stated in a news release. Shopkeeper Drive and part of Marina Drive remained closed for fire cleanup, police said just after 2 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent five engines to assist in fighting the blaze, according to a tweet by the fire station.
Firefighters appeared to have the fire under control just after 11 a.m.