LAFD Battle Hollywood Hills Brush Fire

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LAFD air and ground crews battled challenging hillside fire on steep terrain.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene of a brush fire that was reported just after noon on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The fire was first reported to be one quarter of an acre of medium brush with moderate winds with no homes threatened, according to LAFD.

LAFD water drops were deployed to contain the fire that was approaching the ridge at the location on the 2500 block of North Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills. Ground access was challenging due to the steep terrain, according to LAFD. In an update from LAFD at 1:15 p.m., the fire was at approximately three acres and helicopters continued to attack the head of the fire with water drops slowing its ascent towards the ridge. Ground crews were attacking the fire from the rear and sides.

Firefighters have posted up at nearby homes and don't expect the homes will suffer damage due to the fire. Brush clearance on the hillside helped the firefighters effectively fight the fire and protect the homes, according to LAFD. Due to the brush fire, power will be out temporarily in the Laurel Canyon area.

At 3:00 p.m., LAFD reported that it took 80 firefighters 2 hours and 20 minutes, along with a volunteer hand crew (LAFD Crew 3A and 3B), to extinguish the approximately three-acre brush fire. The crew will continue to assist LAFD firefighters to improve the perimeter and extinguish hot spots during "mop up," according to LAFD.

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