Reservoirs Play Important Role in Saving Zoo Animals

Lemurs were among the animals evacuated from the L.A. Zoo during Friday’s fire. Thanks to quick action by firefighters, the 30-acre blaze was contained in hours.

For years, the Silver Lake Reservoir has been an important resource for firefighters battling wildfires from the air. Both Los Angeles city and county helicopter fleets draw water from the reservoirs and then drop it on fires throughout L.A. During the November 9 fire near the Los Angeles Zoo, helicopter crews made numerous trips to help extinguish a dangerous wildfire that threatened animals. “We are fortunate that the reservoirs were refilled and fire departments can safely use this resource to protect the people and animals that live in our communities,” said SLNC Co-chair Anne Marie Johnson.