Warmer Weather Brings on Threat of Fires; LAFD Puts Out 5-Acre Brush Fire in Sunland

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A brush fire is shown in Sunland-Tujunga on April 21, 2017.

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Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a 5-acre brush fire in Sunland on Friday night as warmer weather in Southern California has increased the threat of fire.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the scene of a quarter-acre fire in the 11000 block of North Alethea Drive around 6:41 p.m.

No structures were threatened by the fire but it continued to grow until it reached a 5 acres, fire officials said.

"Ultimately we ended up with about 5-acres involved," said Battalion Chief Gregg Avery. "We do have the fire under control, we're mopping it up now."

LAFD air operations performed water drops and the Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

Ground crews were able to access the fire and knock down the blaze down by 6:58 p.m.

"We have some preliminary information that there were some fireworks activity here, but it's still under investigation," said Avery. "This is the third grass fire in the battalion today, the most significant, but it's the third in the battalion today. It's very, very early in the year for grass fires. I anticipate we're going to have a very active season."

No injuries were reported, according to the LAFD.

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