Today’s Hollywood Hills fire started behind the Oakwood Gardens complex on Barham Boulevard, just up the hill from Warner Bros., around 1 pm or a little before. The fire was first reported as having consumed five acres. It grew to about 100 acres. It peaked for about 90 minutes, and was pretty much suppressed by 4 pm. I was looking at the huge plume — it reminded me of the smoke pouring out of the twin towers on 9.11 — from Olympic Boulevard in West L.A. and then West Hollywood as I was riding on the motorcycle.

photo provided by David Zaugh, c/o David Zaugh Photography