Brush Fire Threatening Homes in Affluent L.A.’s Benedict Canyon


A brush fire swept through the Benedict Canyon area of West Los Angeles on Tuesday.


According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire, being called the “Portola Fire,” initially covered 10 acres and a number of homes in the area were under “immediate threat.” As of late afternoon, the fire had spread to an estimated 32 acres with the potential of reaching 60 acres.


The fire is burning south of Yoakum Drive and north of Portola Drive, moving toward Benedict Canyon Drive.



LAFD air support has been seen in the area attempting to put out the flames.


LAFD captain Branden Silverman announced on Twitter that evacuations were taking place along San Ysidro Drive between Milboro Place and and Beeson Drive, including Beeson Drive and Milboro Place west of San Ysidro Drive. UCLA’s Wooden Center will serve as the evac center.


Over 150 firefighters have been assigned to battle the blaze, with more being added.


No injuries have been reported.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  KTLA
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