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Glendale brush fire 30% contained; no homes or structures threatened

Glendale brush fire now 30% contained, no threat to homes or structures

A 150-acre brush fire burning in the hills north of Glendale was 30% contained Monday as it burned away from homes and other structures.

The fire broke out about 12:30 p.m. Sunday near a cemetery in Brand Park and quickly grew to 150 acres as crews worked to build a perimeter around the blaze, according to the city. No homes or structures were in the fire's path and no evacuations were planned.

About 100 ground personnel were working to contain the blaze, the city said.

Dan Bell, community relations coordinator for the city of Glendale, told The Times that firefighting efforts from the ground were challenging due to the “treacherous” landscape.

“The fire is burning in areas where hand crews can’t get to, nor would we want to put them in harm’s way,” he said.

As many as 180 firefighters battled the blaze Sunday afternoon, Bell said. Two firefighters were hit by falling rocks and one suffered minor scrapes but none was seriously injured.

“It kind of tells you the terrain they’re working with,” Bell said.

Five hikers were in the hills at the time of the fire. Three were airlifted out, and the other two walked out on their own, Bell said. 

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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