Brush fire erupts in Hollywood Hills

Posted at 3:52 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 22:46:17-04

A brush fire in the Hollywood Hills scorched nearly 20 acres Tuesday before firefighters backed by water-dropping helicopters gained the upper hand on the flames.

No structures were threatened by the fire, which was reported just after 3 p.m. east of the Hollywood (101) Freeway and northeast of Cahuenga Boulevard, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but some residents were advised to leave homes on Holly Drive, Stewart said.

More than 200 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which was battled from the ground and air as helicopters from the city and county fire departments made drops with water from the nearby Hollywood Reservoir.

As of about 6 p.m., the fire was 50 percent contained with 18 acres burned and about 100 firefighters remained at the scene, Stewart said.

Traffic on the southbound Hollywood Freeway, typically congested during the weekday afternoon rush, was crawling through the area and the Cahuenga Boulevard on- and off-ramps on the northbound side were closed.

No injuries were reported.