Brentwood brush fire: Hillside inferno prompts major emergency response in Los Angeles

A brush fire on a Los Angeles hillside induced a major emergency response Sunday.

More than 150 firefighters combated the 30 -acre blaze on a steep chaparral-covered segment of Mandeville Canyon above Brentwood and sent up a plume of fume that was visible for miles.

Firefighters aided by water-dropping aircraft were able to contain 70 percent of the ardour by late afternoon.

Investigators pronounced a private busines working on a road in the canyon had been using a weed whacker to clear brush around homes when its muffler overheated and sparked the fire.

LAFD Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond was asked to describe the seriousness of the fire on a magnitude of 1 to 10. He told the Los Angeles Times that it was about a 3, though the inferno was igniting in all directions.

The five mile dead-end road through the canyon is residence to some of Los Angeles’ wealthiest residents and have contributed to side roads where the likes of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have owned mansions.

In the desert east of Los Angeles, a 40 -acre brush fire in the cities of Mecca pressured about 50 people to evacuate from an apartment complex.

Riverside County Fire officials pronounced those residents were allowed to return after firefighters contained 50 percentage of the blaze.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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