150 firefighters battle to douse LA blaze (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Plumes of smoke from the blaze are visible for miles across the city.
Mandeville Canyon fire from the air pic.twitter.com/UgZQDAVYPM— Charley Hine (@charley) May 28, 2017
A view of the Mandeville fire from the top of Mt. Wilson earlier today. pic.twitter.com/WTggIPusrT— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) May 29, 2017
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that 70 percent of the blaze was contained by Sunday evening, adding emergency crews would continue to work through the night to achieve “full containment”.
Helicopters assisted multiple fire crews with night goggles and water drops.
The fire was sparked by an “unfortunate accident,” according to the LAFD, after a well-meaning resident used a gardening tool to clear heavy brush away from the back of their property.
The fire department asks residents to remain vigilant in clearing brush from within 200ft (61 meters) of their properties to decrease the risk of fire damage.
“This area had very good brush clearance,which is a huge assistance to us when these fires breakout because it really does protect the houses,” said a LAFD representative.