Los Angeles Zoo Reopens After Fire

July 29, 2008

The Los Angeles Zoo is reopening as investigators probe the cause of a Griffith Park brushfire that forced the evacuation of 4,000 visitors and threatened a breeding facility for endangered California condors.

No one was injured in the blaze which burned through 25 acres of dry brush and was declared knocked down at 3 p.m. The fire never reached the zoo, but officials evacuated the facility as a precaution.

Flames came within 1,000 feet of the condor area, on the zoo’s secluded western edge, prompting officials to move 20 birds, including five chicks, three juveniles and two King vultures, to a safer, more central location. The birds are being moved back to their facility today.

Los Angeles fire spokesman Brian Humphrey says the cause of the fire is “under active investigation.”

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