Firefighters Saturday stopped the forward progress of a brush fire in the Hollywood Hills near Burbank and Universal City, authorities said.
“Ground and air crews will continue to battle the perimeter of the still active wildfire, for which the containment goal remains within a ‘box’ west of Forest Lawn Cemetery, east of Coyote Canyon Drive, south of Forest Lawn Drive and north of Wonder View Drive,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
The Barham Fire was reported at 1:52 p.m. at 3694 North Barham Blvd., Humphrey said.
Broadcast reports indicate the fire has grown to 34 acres.
There were no injuries, no structures damaged and none imminently threatened, he said. No evacuations were ordered but “a handful of persons living closest to the fire, and being affected by smoke only, were directly contacted and encouraged to shelter in place at their residence,” Humphrey said. ” While some persons have chosen to calmly depart the area, there have been NO formal evacuation orders,” he said.
The flames burned near the Warner Bros. studio and officials told The Hollywood Reporter the lot was evacuated as a precaution.
A total of 236 Los Angeles firefighters were working from the air and on the ground, supported by four Los Angeles County Fire Department hand crews, Humphrey said. Their numbers include five helicopters and two “Superscoopers” fixed-wing aircraft.
The brush was described as moderate to heavy, he said. The wind was not a factor.
A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles.
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