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100 firefighters battle blaze in LA canyon

100 firefighters battle blaze in LA canyon”

Firefighters also tackled another brush fire reported near Lake View Terrace around 11:30 a.m. PT on Sunday.

A brush fire burning on the northeast side of Black Canyon City led to mandatory evacuations as fire crews from multiple agencies rushed to control the blaze Sunday morning.

While there were no more evacuations beyond the five homes that were initially emptied, the Brentwood fire continued to grow and move northward over the afternoon.

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Some 115 firefighters were on the scene within 70 minutes.

Mandeville Canyon Road was shut down at Sunset Boulevard to accommodate fire fighting operations, Stewart said.

The city fire department dispatched two water-dropping helicopters, and the county fire department employed another one, in addition to five camp crews to help the ground attack against the flames, Stewart said.

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The fire was moving at a moderate speed uphill and was estimated to have scorched 30 acres as of 3:20 p.m.

Because of a lack of brush, "the fire ran out of fuel, so it stopped", she said. One of the warnings fire officials issued was to make sure weed abatement equipment that is left outside be turned off to prevent sparks, Stewart said.

"Residents in the vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution", D'Evelyn said, adding the number of evacuations is unknown.

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In the desert east of Los Angeles, a 40-acre brush fire in the town of Mecca forced about 50 people to evacuate from an apartment complex. No injuries were immediately reported. Crews were sent to turn it off.



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