Animals from the Los Angeles Zoo are evacuated after small fire breaks out. A small fire broke out behind the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday morning, drawing away more than 100 firefighters and water-carrying aircraft desperately needed to battle a more dangerous blaze to the west.The fire was spotted just before 8 a.m. near fire roads, hiking trails and a landfill in a remote section of Griffith Park, presenting a challenge for crews trying to access the area, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders.&nbsp;Officials began evacuating some of the zoo&rsquo;s animals about an hour later, starting with the lemurs. Outside the zoo, workers frantically carried out a dozen cages carrying parrots, condors and other exotic birds that were nearest the smoke and flames. The fire had broken out near the condor exhibit.They were being set outside the zoo until a safe location in the park could be found, officials said.Later, officials said the zoo would be closed for the day.Within an hour of the fire first being spotted, several city, county and privately contracted water-dropping helicopters were orbiting the park trying to knock down the flames. The blaze had burned approximately three acres about an hour after it began, but that quickly jumped to 30 acres, Sanders said.&nbsp;&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no wind here right now unlike in Ventura [County,]&rdquo; Sanders said, referring to the conditions crews are facing with a fast-moving blaze threatening thousands of homes to the west. &ldquo;Our priority right now is to protect the zoo property.&rdquo;While some crews were busy hiking through rugged terrain to reach remote areas to set up defensive lines, others were stationed in the zoo parking lot, waiting to be deployed. Sanders said firefighters were planning on setting up a defensive perimeter around the blaze to stop its forward progress and then would attack the fire directly.The fire was producing a thick smoke plume visible across much of greater L.A., but it was not threatening any structures, Sanders said.