Water-dropping helicopters were deployed to fight a small vegetation and brush fire that broke out in Elysian Park this afternoon on a steep hillside above the 5 Freeway.
The blaze, which began at about about 2 pm, had scorched approximately 5 acres, according to preliminary reports from the L.A. Fire Department. The blaze, located near Grand View and Park Row drives, appeared to have been brought under control but ground crews and water-dropping helicopters continued to focus on smoldering hot spots at about 3:30 pm.
The fire had crested the hill and scorched both sides of Grand View Drive.
Update: The fire was declared knocked down at 4:21 pm. More than 100 firefighters put out the blaze with the help of park rangers and the L.A. County Fire Department, said LAFD on Twitter. No injuries were reported or structures damaged.
— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) June 30, 2017
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