Brush Fire Burning in North Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four water-dropping helicopters and more than 100 firefighters were battling a brush fire that broke out in the northwest part of the city early Wednesday, officials said.

The fire began shortly before 4 a.m. near Chatsworth and had grown to between 20 and 30 acres by 5:30 a.m., said Jim Wells, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire was burning in a remote area with medium to heavy brush, and was fanned by winds of 20 to 30 mph, Wells said. No homes were immediately threatened, but that could change if the fire began moving north, he said.

''Hopefully the winds will die down and allow the firefighters to knock down the flames,'' Wells said.

City and county firefighters were on scene, he said. The county fire department was planning to fly in one of its water-dropping helicopters to help suppress the flames, he said.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press

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