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Montecito Heights fire knocked down after growing to five acres [updated]

Montecito Heights  — Water dropping helicopters were deployed to put out a small grass fire that began this afternoon in steep terrain near Debs Park, said the L.A. Fire Department.

Fire crews on the ground were making their way to reach the fire that had burned a 50-foot by 100-foot area near the 4700 block of Griffin Avenue, said LAFD. Water-dropping helicopters had to leave to refuel.

The fire began shortly before 5 pm as firefighters had finished containing a 13-acre grass fire in El Sereno.

Martha Benedict of Montecito Heights said three water-dropping helicopters were dousing the flames.

Update @ 5:41 pm: Firefighters are finding it a challenge to reach the slow moving fire, which is burning in heavy brush and “arduous terrain” far from nearby roads, said the LAFD. Crews are having to hike in and carry all equipment to spot where the fire is burning.

Update @ 6:53 PM: LAFD is requesting additional resources to extinguish the fire, which has grown to about 5 acres. No structures have been damaged or injuries reported.

Update & 7:27 PM: About 75% of the fire has been contained.

“LAFD presence will remain on scene throughout the night continuing to clean up hot spots and work with #LACoFD hand crews to clear areas,”  the department said. “This is a ‘dirty-burn’ which means there is still a lot of standing, half-burned fuel susceptible to reburning which must be cleared to keep residents safe.”

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“Additional resources may be requested due to the distance and terrain,” said the LAFD.

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