Firefighters Stop Growth of 34-Acre Barham Fire in the Hollywood Hills

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The Barham Fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills on Nov. 9, 2019. (Credit: Malik Earnest)

The Barham Fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills on Nov. 9, 2019. (Credit: Malik Earnest)

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A 34-acre brush fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday afternoon, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The blaze, named the Barham Fire, started just before 2 p.m. on the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard, according to the department. While the wildfire remained active, firefighters were able to stop its growth before 5 p.m., and the blaze was 15% contained, the LAFD said.

The fire was originally reported to have burned through 3 acres before it grew to consume about 34 acres.

Heavy brush was burning at a slow rate with no wind blowing in the area, LAFD said.

"Our firefighters are making a very aggressive attack but it's very high brush, about 6 feet plus, very dense, so it's really difficult for us to be able to get into those areas," said Deputy Chief Armando Hogan of LAFD. "We're allowing the fire to kind of burn right to the roadway because this is a natural barrier for us."

Firefighters aimed to keep flames west of Forest Lawn Cemetery, east of Coyote Canyon Drive, south of Forest Lawn Drive and north of Wonder View Drive, according to fire officials.

There were 236 LAFD air and ground personnel battling the flames, including five helicopters, authorities said.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire and no structures have been threatened.

While there were no formal evacuation orders, people living closest to the fire and being affected by the smoke were directly contacted and encouraged to stay inside, authorities said.

The blaze was burning between a triangle of Universal City, Warner Bros. studios and the Hollywood sign.

"LAFD ground and air resources are on scene at the Barham Fire," tweeted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Please be aware of emergency vehicles and firefighters operating in the area as LAFD fights this fire."

One firefighter was treated for injuries to an arm and leg, officials said. No injuries to civilians were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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