North Hollywood Fire Prompts Garcetti to Extend Christmas Tree Recycling

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Saying dry Christmas trees are fire hazards, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and fire Chief Ralph Terrazas announced that residents can continue dropping the trees off at 13 fire stations to be recycled.

Valley area residents can take trees to stations in Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley and West Hills.

An early morning fire at a North Hollywood home on Jan. 6 appeared to have originated from a dried-out tree, prompting city officials to extend the recycling program.

The fire that began with an electrical problem and an aging Christmas tree in the single-family home in the 11300 block of Delano Street, displaced four residents and injured three firefighters. It was reported around 3:50 a.m. and was knocked down in about 30 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Damage was estimated at $160,000 to the structure and $80,000 to the contents.

Three firefighters were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for minor to moderate burns and released, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

City officials said the blaze should serve as a reminder to people to dispose of their drying-out Christmas trees.

“A Christmas tree takes years to grow, but only seven seconds to light into a burning torch that can destroy lives,” LAPD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

Garcetti said residents should take advantage of the city’s tree-recycling program.

“You can cut up your tree right now, as soon as you hear this, and put it in your green bin, or when your green bin is picked up, put it next to the green bin and our Bureau of Sanitation will pick up the tree for you at your home,” Garcetti said

Residents living at single-family homes or buildings with four or fewer units can also leave their trees in their green waste recycling bins, or place them next to the bins on trash day.

All ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stands should be removed from the trees before they are dropped off or left on the curb.

More information about tree recycling is at http://lacitysan.org/tree-recycle.htm.

The city will accept trees on a continuing basis at:

— Bel-Air: Fire Station No. 71, 107 S. Beverly Glen Blvd.;

— Crenshaw: Fire Station No. 94, 4470 Coliseum St.;

— Cypress Park: Fire Station No. 44, 1410 Cypress Ave.;

— Hancock Park: Fire Station No. 29, 4029 W. Wilshire Blvd.;

— Hollywood: Fire Station No. 82, 5769 Hollywood Blvd.;

— Franklin Canyon: Fire Station No. 108, 12520 Mulholland Drive;

— Porter Ranch: Fire Station No. 28, 11641 Corbin Ave.;

— Sherman Oaks: Fire Station No. 88, 5101 N. Sepulveda Blvd.;

— South Los Angeles: Fire Station No. 21, 1192 E. 51st St.;

— South Los Angeles: Fire Station No. 64, 10811 S. Main St.;

— Sun Valley: Fire Station No. 77, 9224 Sunland Blvd.;

— Watts: Fire Station No. 65, 1801 E. Century Blvd.; and

— West Hills: Fire Station No. 106, 23004 Roscoe Blvd.

The following Fire Station locations will accept Christmas trees indefinitely. They will not accepted holiday wrapping and packaging material. In addition, all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, and the stand from tree must be removed prior to dropping it off.