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Brush fire burns near Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park

Posted: 9:42 AM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-09 23:46:22Z

LOS ANGELES (KGTV) - Firefighters responded to a brush fire that broke out Friday morning in Griffith Park, near the Los Angeles Zoo.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire was reported at around 7:55 a.m. in an area west of Zoo Drive.

LAFD officials said the fire had burned at least 30 acres and is 5 percent contained as of 10:30 a.m., but crews were able to stop the forward rate of spread. The fire was mostly out by late morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A water-dropping helicopter was summoned to help douse the fire, as ground crews hiked to reach the blaze.

Due to the firefighting effort, officials said the zoo would be closed for the day.

Zoo and fire officials said all animals and employees were safe, but they were standing by in case further evacuations were needed.

No structures have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported, LAFD officials said.