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VAN NUYS (CBS) — A grass fire possibly sparked by a remote-controlled model aircraft broke out Monday in the Sepulveda Dam flood control basin in Van Nuys but was contained by mid-afternoon.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peshiutta reports the winds picked up and helped quickly spread the small blaze.

Firefighters were sent to the 6400 block of Woodley Avenue about 12:20 p.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire initially scorched about a quarter acre of grass and spread as large as 20 acres before it was knocked down around 2:10 p.m., Humphrey said.

About 70 firefighters worked to douse the flames, an effort that was continuing more than an hour after the fire was reported, he said.

Woodley Avenue was closed between Victory and Burbank boulevards.

Firefighters were looking into whether a radio-control model aircraft from a nearby flight area sparked the blaze, Humphrey said.

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