Helicopter drops water
A helicopter battles the brush fire in Burbank. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A brush fire broke out Friday afternoon on a hillside in Burbank and went to three alarms while scorching several acres and prompting the closure of some residential streets and recreational areas as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, which were visible for miles.

The fire was reported around 1 p.m. at Sunset Canyon Drive and Harvard Road, near DeBell Golf Club and in the vicinity of homes, but as of about 3:30 p.m., no evacuation orders had been issued and no structural losses were reported.

Residents were advised to “listen for and follow instructions of emergency service personnel” should evacuations become necessary, according to Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green.

The fire was burning away from structures into an area that scorched in another blaze late last year, according to reports from the scene.

Los Angeles city and county fire department crews responded along with the Burbank Fire Department.

A county fire helicopter could be seen making water drops and the Los Angeles Fire Department sent a brush crew to the scene.

Roadways and recreation areas above Sunset Canyon Drive, including Wildwood Canyon Park and the Stough Canyon Nature Center, were closed and people in those areas were advised to leave immediately, Green said.

Both Sunset Canyon Drive and Bel Aire Road were closed between Cypress Ave and Walnut Avenues, he said.

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