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A wind-driven brush fire broke out Wednesday in the Kagel Canyon area of Lakeview Terrace and threatened some homes before firefighters launched an aggressive air attack against the flames.
There was no immediate word on what sparked the fire, which was reported just after 2:30 p.m. in the 11700 block of Terra Vista Way amid a red flag warning posted due to high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
It took about two hours to fully contain the blaze, which blackened 62 acres and prompted voluntary evacuations of 20 homes, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Water-dropping helicopters and planes made numerous runs, turning active flame into white smoke as crews were airlifted into the area to conduct ground operations.
About 400 city and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze, along with about 50 members each from the Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Forest Service, according to Scott.
Winds of up to 30 miles per hour and temperatures around 90 degrees fueled the blaze, which burned in medium brush and initially threatened some homes on its south flank.
No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
Some firefighters will remain at the scene through the night, Scott said, to guard against any flare-ups.
–Staff and Wire Reports