Crews get air support as they battle Los Angeles brush fires

Crews get air support as they battle Los Angeles brush fires

Crews get air support as they battle Los Angeles brush fires

Riverside County Fire officials said those residents were allowed to return after firefighters contained 50 percent of the blaze.

Investigators said a private company working on a road in the canyon had been using a weed whacker to clear brush around homes when its muffler overheated and sparked the fire.

The fire broke out at C&S Towing Yard in Black Canyon City, and people first began calling 911 reporting flames at about 11:20pm Saturday night.

Some 115 firefighters were on the scene within 70 minutes and about 160 were there by 3:30 p.m., Stewart said.

A volcano-like smoke plume was visible across the Westside and San Fernando Valley, as the fire consumed moderate to thick brush.

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

No homes are now under mandatory evacuation but some people have left voluntarily, Margaret Stewart with the Los Angeles Fire Department tells KPCC.

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

Fire trucks were staged for assignment at Sunset Boulevard, about 2-1/2 miles downhill from the fire.

"What families need to know is that they should listen to the authorities and if it's time to evacuate, they should do so", American Red Cross spokesman Collin Williams said.

No houses were burned and no injuries were reported so far in the Brentwood fire.

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.

The Getty Center closed early as a precaution. Crews were sent to turn it off.

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