Brush Fires Reported Around Southland Amid Hot, Dry Conditions


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A brush fire scorched about three acres in the Hollywood Hills today, the latest of several fires to break out amid what forecasters call an elevated fire risk produced by hot weather and dry conditions.

The fire was reported about 6:20 a.m. in the 2300 block of Highland Avenue, an area just northeast of the Hollywood Bowl. Firefighters extinguished the fire in two hours and 13 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Personnel on the ground and in three helicopters were assisted by crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No structures were damaged.

In the Castaic area, a blaze that blackened nearly 90 acres area was 100% contained Tuesday morning, according to the county fire department.

The Castaic fire was reported at 3:44 a.m. Monday in the 26900 block of Tapia Canyon Road, and was fanned by winds of 15 mph. Firefighters on the ground and in helicopters worked to douse the flames, and no structures were damaged.

At about 5 a.m., firefighters sent to battle a two-acre brush fire in the 2100 block of North Soto Street in Lincoln Heights extinguished the flames in about an hour and no structures were damaged, the LAFD reported.

Several blazes broke out Monday, including:

-- a quarter-acre fire was reported burning on both sides of the Foothill (210) Freeway in Lake View Terrace at about 1 p.m. in light to medium brush amid winds of about 15 miles per hour. Within about a half hour, firefighters had the flames surrounded and were canceling resources.

-- a fire that scorched a small amount of brush in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium at about 1 p.m. but was quickly extinguished.

-- a brush fire that broke out about 2:40 a.m. and scorched about an acre in Eagle Rock near 4701 North Townsend Ave. before being brought under control within about an hour, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

-- a blaze that started about 2 a.m. at the Sepulveda Basin in Lake Balboa and scorched about four acres near 6049 North Woodley Ave. before being extinguished about three hours later; and

-- a brush fire that started about 12:35 a.m in El Sereno and scorched about an acre near 2608 North Eastern Ave.

As winds kicked up on Sunday night, firefighters quickly extinguished a half-acre brush fire that broke out about 9 p.m. in El Sereno near 4500 N. Carter Drive.

Hot and dry conditions, with temperatures close to 100 and humidity levels expected to be a low 3 to 10 percent, were forecast across Los Angeles County for Tuesday. National Weather Service forecasters said the conditions create an elevated fire danger, but the wind is not quite strong enough to warrant the issuance of red flag warnings, unlike on Monday.


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