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Brush fire burns in hills below Griffith Observatory

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Firefighters battle a brush fire at Griffith Observatory that ignited Tuesday night.
(KTLA)

A small brush fire ignited Tuesday evening in the hills below the Griffith Observatory, drawing a crowd of spectators as firefighters swarmed the scene.

The blaze ignited about 7:45 p.m. and burned about 3 to 4 acres of medium to heavy brush, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a series of alerts.

Aerial video showed plumes of white smoke above the blaze as fire crews doused flames from the roadway, aided by a lack of wind. Almost 100 firefighters put out the fire in about 2½ hours.

The topography-driven fire moved slowly off Western Canyon, the Fire Department said. Firefighters faced challenges maneuvering their equipment because of the rugged and remote terrain.

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No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Crews will stay on scene through the night.

alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AleneTchek


UPDATES:

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11:07 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect the fire was put out.

9:15 p.m.: This article was updated with a new acreage figure and the number of firefighters who responded.

This article was originally published at 8:40 p.m.


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