Example of a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter performing a water drop, but not on the Burbank blaze. Courtesy LACFD

A brush fire broke out Wednesday on a hillside in Burbank, prompting mandatory evacuations as the flames burned perilously close to homes.

The non-injury fire, which quickly went to three alarms, was reported about 3 p.m. near the 1000 block of Hamlin Place.

About 150 firefighters battled the blaze, which as of 8 p.m. was 80 percent contained with 10 acres burned, according to Battalion Chief Ron Barone of the Burbank Fire Department.

Barone credited ground-based firefighters’ structure protection efforts and water drops by Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters with stopping the blaze before any homes were burned.

About 50 firefighters will remain on scene overnight to guard against flare-ups, Barone said.

Mandatory evacuations were issued by police for Viewcrest Drive and Howard Court and Haven Way and Reynolds Drive and road closures were in effect on Irving Drive east of Kenneth Road and on Joaquin Drive at Haven Way.

An evacuation center was established at McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

As of 8 p.m., closures and evacuations remained in effect on Viewcrest and Howard because crews continued to work in the area, Barone said.

There was no word on what sparked the fire, he said.


— City News Service

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