The fire began around 1:15 in the afternoon. I grabbed my camera bag and headed up the hill. I presumed Lake Street would be blocked off, so I headed up Maiden Lane and ended up on the park strip on Mount Lowe Way, which is the old rail bed from the turn of the century Mt. Lowe Railroad.
The neighbors were out with their cameras and beach towels, somewhat nervously watching the show. The fire was about 1.5 miles away from this point, so not much of a threat on this day. The Altadena Fire of 1993 was another matter entirely. Over 100 homes were lost in that event.
In addition to the humidity, one of the reasons this fire was relatively easily put out was because the area had burned in 1993, reducing the fuel load substantially. The reality is that this sort of small fire is exactly what is needed to manage the brush hazard. Human intervention has resulted in large areas that have not burned in 50 to 100 years, and when they do burn, the fires are unstoppable.