Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 1:52 p.m., for a brush fire in the Hollywood Hills. What is now being referred to as "The Barham Fire" due to the street location of where the fire broke out, has grown to 3 acres.
The fire is close to Universal City and Burbank and the large plume of smoke could be seen in many parts of the San Fernando valley basin. The fire is slow moving and there are no winds, according LAFD. 153 LAFD ground and air personnel, supported by four LA County Fire Department hand crews, are actively fighting the flames in moderate to heavy brush according to a LAFD update. No structures are damaged or threatened at this time. No call for evacuations.
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UPDATE: According to LAFD, there are now 236 LAFD personnel assigned to fighting the blaze along with 4 LAFD airships, a LAFD contract helitanker, and two CL415 fixed wing aircraft. The fire has now consumed an estimated 34 acres of vegetation. A handful of residents directly affected by smoke only, were encouraged to shelter in place. Arson investigators are working on the cause of the fire.
Per LAFD update: Containment is now at 15%, and is still estimated at 34 acres with no civilian injuries reported. A male firefighter was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No structure damage has been reported, and none are presently threatened. As the firefighters work on containing the fire through the night, there will be an update on Sunday.
Sunday, November 10, update: LAFD reports 80 acres in total have burned, and containment around 80% of the perimeter. Firefighters expect to work through the night and Monday. Forest Lawn Drive is expected to re-open on Tuesday.
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