Brush fire on Los Angeles hillside sparked by weed whacker

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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.

The LAFD first responded to reports of the Mandeville Canyon fire near a house at 2969 N. Mandeville Canyon Road at around 12:46 p.m. PT on Sunday.

A fire burning in Mandeville Canyon above Brentwood was threatening nearby home Sunday afternoon as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

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

Some 115 firefighters were on the scene within 70 minutes.

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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The area was expected to remain an active fire operation for at least the next 36 hours, she said.

The fire scorched about five acres before it was contained.

Authorities have confirmed the fire started from sparks from a weed-trimmer. Eventually five houses were evacuated, Stewart said. No injuries have been reported.

The brush fire began as an 8-acre fire just before 2 p.m., then ballooned to 30 acres at about 3:30 p.m.

The Getty Center closed early as a precaution. A dark plume of smoke was visible for miles as the fire consumed moderate to thick brush near. One family told firefighters they had evacuated from their home so quickly that they had left food cooking on a stove. Crews were sent to turn it off.

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