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Firefighters battle fast-moving blaze in Lake View Terrace

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Sandy Paz waters down the roof of her family home as a wind driven brush fire approaches in Lake View Terrace.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters battled a brush fire Wednesday that spread to 62 acres in the Kagel Canyon area of Lake View Terrace.

The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. near 11700 Terra Vista Way, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Some homes were threatened for a time, and residents of 20 homes were under a voluntary evacuation, Scott said. But water-dropping aircraft were aggressive battling the flames and preventing any homes from being damaged.

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After 500 personnel battled the blaze over two hours, the fire was knocked down and 95% contained, Scott said.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the burn area overnight, Scott said.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning that extends until late Thursday, warning that strong winds and soaring temperatures increase the risk of wildfires.



UPDATES:

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5:20 p.m.: This article was updated with the fire being knocked down and 95% contained.

4:40 p.m.: This article was updated with details on the growth of the fire.

This article was originally published at 3:35 p.m.


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