An 18-acre brush fire burned drought-stricken hillsides above the Cahuenga Pass Tuesday afternoon, sending a column of smoke towering over the Hollywood Hills.
A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter spotted the grass fire near the northbound 101 Freeway and Cahuenga Boulevard just after 3 p.m., according to an LAFD update.
Voluntary evacuations were ordered for Holly Drive.
Grass was burning on a west-facing slope heading into moderate brush, LAFD’s Margaret Stewart said initially.
About 200 firefighters responded, and the county Fire Department assisted in the air and on the ground. Crews were being released about 5:45 p.m.
Downed power lines were creating a hazard for responding firefighters, Stewart said.
The blaze was at one point headed toward San Marcos Drive, but no homes were reported threatened.
The fire was not moving quickly and was not expected to break the perimeter, Stewart said. Containment was at about 50 percent at 5:45 p.m., and Stewart said several more hours of work remained.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed firefighters working in steep terrain that was already charred, and helicopters dropping water from the nearby Hollywood Reservoir.
The smoke from the fire was visible from across much of central Los Angeles.
No injuries were reported, no structures were damaged, and it wasn't known what caused the fire.
KTLA viewer Rick George submitted this photo of a fire towering over the Hollywood Hills on July 19, 2016.