California firefighters distracted by special requests from politicians, VIPs during Woolsey blaze: report

A firefighter battles the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., last November.
A firefighter battles the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., last November.

Los Angeles fire officials were reportedly distracted by special requests from politicians and high-profile residents during the first crucial hours of the Woolsey Fire last November, an after-action report of the wildfire said this week.

The requests were mostly to ensure the safety of specific homes as the fire spread rapidly through the county, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The review did not say which politicians and VIPs were involved or how the requests affected the firefight.

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