SUNLAND (CBSLA) — Firefighters battled flames that burned about 4 acres near homes Thursday evening in the Sunland-Tujunga area, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 7:55 p.m. in the 11100 block of Oro Vista Avenue, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters mounted a ground and air attack on the fire as it burned through heavy brush amid light winds, although gusts to 10 mph were reported, Bastman said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department and City Fire Department helicopters were dropping water to prevent the fire’s spread.

Crews by 9 p.m. had made major progress in dousing the flames and were mostly in mop-up mode as orange embers glowed brightly in the night.

Residents nearby said they were weary of watching the hills for fires, as they live in an area near where the Creek Fire began earlier this month.

“This is getting to be a routine,” neighbor Frank Gomez said. “This one looks very close to home.”

No evacuations were ordered Thursday.

Crews reported 50 percent containment by 11 p.m. Thursday with 150 firefighters working to douse embers and hot spots.

Fire authorities said they were looking into whether a homeless encampment might have sparked the blaze.

Comments (6)
  1. Matt Maxon says:

    This is a regular occurrence here. There are LARGE homeless camps in the wash people have been trying imploring the city to do something about for the very reason

    1. Stephen Obar says:

      +1. Homeless living in the wash are going to burn the whole city down.

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