A three-alarm brushfire broke out in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank Saturday, triggering mandatory evacuations for some houses perched above the east end of the San Fernando Valley.
Residents living along Country Club Drive above Sunset Canyon were ordered out, Burbank police said. Officers went door to door, and implored residents to follow directions given for their own safety.
Police also asked people in the Wildwood Canyon and Stough Nature Center areas to leave immediately.
The fire apparently started around 1 p.m. on Wildwood Canyon Road, and as of 3:30 p.m. had spread to at least 30 acres on the steep mountainside.
Firefighters from the City of Los Angeles sent a water-dropping helicopter and 50 firefighters to the blaze, joining coordinated crews from Burbank and Glendale.
Los Angeles County Fire Department sent seven engines, three water-dropping helicopters, one bulldozer, three superintendents and two battalion chiefs, according to a dispatcher.
There’s no word yet on how many structures are threatened by the fire.
An automated weather gauge near the fire reported the temperature was 104 degrees, and wind out of the east at 12 mph as of 3:30 p.m..
The plume of smoke, rising nearly straight up, was visible from across the San Fernando Valley.