LAFD helicopter
A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter. Courtesy LAFD

A brushfire slowed by moisture from morning fog is spreading slowly in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lakeview Terrace, authorities said.

While the damp conditions were slowing down the fire, they also grounded aircraft that would be used to attack the flames, Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Nicholas Prange said.

The fire was reported at 12:54 a.m. at 11798 West Foothill Boulevard, Prange said.

“Early morning moisture and no wind are providing for extremely slow spread with no structures threatened,” he said. Firefighters would assess the situation at first light.

The cause was not known, Prange said. News reports indicated the blaze might have been started when homeless people camped in the area tried to start a fire to keep warm.

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