Amid a red-flag warning and unseasonable autumn heat, Los Angeles firefighters responded Wednesday afternoon to a brush fire that was initially described as threatening homes in Lake View Terrace.
The blaze was reported in multiple 911 calls just after 2:30 p.m. at 11700 Terra Vista Way, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Just before 4 p.m., Scott said firefighters were gaining the upper hand.
"We did hit this hard and fast, as we normally do," Scott said.
About 450 firefighters from L.A. city, county and the U.S. Forest Service responded, knocking down the blaze in two hours. About 50 Los Angeles Police Department officers responded too.
Sixty-two acres were burned.
No homes were damaged and no one was injured, Scott said, though 20 homes were under a voluntary evacuation order.
Firefighters planned to be mopping up overnight.
Flames spread rapidly up the canyon, which leads into the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountain foothills, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Smoke poured off a dry hillside close to homes, with firefighters protecting homes along Terra Vista Way.
Helicopters and the giant Super Scooper dropped water while crews responded on the ground.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Less than an hour before the Lake View Terrace blaze broke out, L.A. firefighters knocked down another San Fernando Valley fire, in Granada Hills.
And overnight, a brush fire burned 28 acres above Porter Ranch, at Southern California Gas Co.'s troubled Aliso Canyon facility.
The fires come as a red-flag warning and wind advisory are in effect for much of Southern California.
A high of 89 degrees with wind gusts of up to 25 mph was forecast for the Lake View Terrace area.
About 3:15 p.m., the National Weather Service said current conditions were 88 degress with a low relative humidity of 9 percent, and north-to-northeast winds gusting to 26 mph.
Hot, dry and windy conditions are expected through the week, with the potential for record-breaking heat on Thursday.