Fire sparks in El Sereno, burns 40 acres

LOS ANGELES — A grass fire that moved into heavy brush threatened homes Friday in the El Sereno area.

The blaze was reported about 11:30 a.m. on Soto Hill in the 2800 block of North Eastern Avenue, and had grown to 40 acres by mid-afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“This is a terrain-driven fire (with) no heavy winds, that moved into heavy brush,” according to an LAFD update issued about 2 p.m. “Firefighters continue to work their way up the terrain into heavy brush and defend the threatened homes.”

By 3:20 p.m., the fire department announced crews had fully surrounded the fire with hand lines, but that air drops would continue “to help hit the remaining flames in the heavy brush.”

There were no injuries reported nor structures damaged as of 3:50 p.m., according to the LAFD.

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