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Object ID F-0392
Title Peat Fire
Description Long-burning peat fire in Baldwin Hills, at the end of Exposition Boulevard and south of Airline Railway looking southerly from point outside of frame about 100 feet easterly of corner. Fire that began in July 1923 from a peat bog under an old river, was a relatively small smoldering blaze that covered two acres that eventually spread to fifteen acres, causing widespread smoke and foul odors throughout the West Adams district of Los Angeles. City officials were unable to put out the many fires that continued to erupt until City Engineer Shaw in November 1927 diverted Centinela Creek into an eight-foot wide by two-foot deep channel through the peat bog beds.
Date 11/23/1927
Place Baldwin Hills; Los Angeles
Event Peat fire
Collection Los Angeles City Archives Department of Engineering Historical Photos
Provenance City of Los Angeles Engineering Department
Cataloged by Sklar, Anna
Copyright Los Angeles City Archives, City Clerk
Photographer City of Los Angeles Engineering Staff
Search Terms Baldwin Hills
Subjects Peat fire
Fires California Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).
Peat bogs California Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).
Oil fields California Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).
Actions and defenses California Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.).