Over 115 Firefighters Battle 'Major Emergency' Brentwood Brush Fire

Officials: Brush fire spreads to salvage yard near Black Canyon City
Massive fire in Black Canyon City
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29 May, 2017

That fire is 20 percent contained and resources are being diverted from there to the Brentwood blaze.

The fire was caused by a worker doing weed abatement for brush clearance, Stewart said.

The fire was reported at around 12:45 p.m.

A plume of smoke from a wildfire burning above Mandeville Canyon Road in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles is seen from the San Fernando Valley, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

More than 115 firefighters were on scene as the flames moved uphill through heavy brush.

Nearby residents may have a bit longer to wait before getting clear access in and out of their homes, with the fire still burning and crews likely to be in the area to fight the flames for the next 36 to 48 hours, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

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Because of a lack of brush, "the fire ran out of fuel, so it stopped", she said.

A command post was set up to coordinate the various firefighting agencies at Mountaingate Drive, according to Stewart.

Firefighters asked for Los Angeles police to be ready in case houses need to be evacuated. However, no injuries have been reported and an investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

Traffic was snarled at the bottom of the canyon, and only emergency vehicles were allowed north of there. One family told firefighters they had evacuated from their home so quickly that they had left food cooking on a stove.

To the northeast, firefighters are making progress against a blaze burning away from foothill homes in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood and into Angeles National Forest. Crews were sent there to turn it off.

The Getty Center closed early as a precaution.


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