TOLUCA LAKE (CBSLA) — Firefighters continued to battle a fire burning in the Hollywood Hills in Toluca Lake. Crews spent Sunday on foot, seeking out hotpots before any winds could spark more flames. The fire was 80% contained Sunday night after burning 80 acres.
One firefighter was hurt by a falling boulder, but is expected to be okay. Officials anticipate reducing the LAFD presence to a “patrol only” status, and re-opening Forest Lawn Drive on Tuesday.
“When we have the Santa Anas we know the direction of the fire. When we have a situation like this its a little more unstable,” said LAFD Battalion Chief J.D. Drake.
The Barham fire erupted Saturday afternoon on Barham Boulevard and has burned 34 acres.
At its height, the smoke and the flames could be seen from the 134 Freeway at the 101 Freeway, causing concern for residents and motorists alike.
Deputy Chief Armando Hogan of the Los Angeles City Fire Department called the fire a “nuisance fire.”
“This is more a nuisance fire than a huge threat,” he said. “In the surrounding communities, there is really minimal impact and we want to make sure we keep our eye on.”