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Brush fire in Burbank hills prompts mandatory evacuations of dozens of homes

The fire was initially reported around 1 p.m. in Wildwood Canyon and quickly grew to about 45 acres, Burbank police spokesman Sgt. Derek Green said.

A brush fire in a hillside neighborhood in Burbank on Saturday afternoon prompted a mandatory evacuation of dozens of homes, officials said.

The fire was initially reported around 1 p.m. in Wildwood Canyon and quickly grew to about 45 acres, Burbank police spokesman Sgt. Derek Green said. The fire was 30% contained late Saturday, he said.

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Dozens of firefighters from Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles fire departments were battling the blaze, as officers went door-to-door ordering residents along Country Club Drive above Sunset Canyon to evacuate, officials said. Winds were pushing the fire southward up a ridge, threatening about 50 to 75 homes.

Green said there’s a “moderate threat to those properties right now … the mandatory evacuations are a precaution.”

DeBell Golf Course was still open as of 3:15 p.m. Hikers in the canyon and the Stough Canyon Nature Center’s recreation areas were told to leave immediately.

The Police Department posted a video of a helicopter conducting a water drop in Wildwood Canyon. Plumes of smoke above the hilltops could be seen for miles.

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