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Updated at 2:29 p.m. on April 27, 2015
A wind- and terrain-driven wildfire scorched about five acres in the Granada Hills area Monday before being beaten down by fire crews who prevented any damage to homes, but just as they were getting the upper hand on the blaze a second fire broke out in grass in nearby Mission Hills.
The first fire was reported about 11 a.m. near the 12300 block of Highwater Road, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
More than 200 personnel, backed by helicopter crews, had the fire contained in about 90 minutes, but continued working to douse hot spots in the smoldering brushy. About 10 homes were threatened for a time, but residents were safely evacuated. According to the LAFD, a “handful” of firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and two were taken to hospitals.
Fire crews credited residents for the brush clearance that had been done around the homes, helping to prevent the flames from reaching any structures.
About 12:45 p.m., another grass fire broke out near the Los Angeles Reservoir east of the original fire. It took firefighters just under two hours to knock down that blaze, which scorched about two acres. There were no injuries.
A fire official said it did not appear that the second fire, about two or three miles to the east, was related to the first blaze. Winds appeared to be blowing in the opposite direction from the initial fire.
Winds of about 15 mph were reported in the area, with gusts of up to 40 mph, a fire official said.
— Staff and wire reports