More than 100 firefighters battle a major Porter Ranch emergency bushfire


PORTER RANCH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – More than 100 firefighters are battling a large emergency bushfire in the Porter Ranch area on Sunday afternoon.

The fire started shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 11200 block of Porter Ranch Drive. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, up to seven acres of grass were burned south of the 118 freeway.

It is 75% contained on Sunday evening.

About 140 LAFD firefighters responded to the scene for a ground and air assault on the blaze.

Crews managed to stop the progress of the fire around 4:30 p.m., according to LAFD.

Authorities are calling the blaze the Porter Fire. The flames were fanned by winds of 10 to 15 mph from the south, according to LAFD.

Some spot fires have been reported near and inside Monteria Estates, but LAFD says no homes are at risk at this time and there is no evacuation.

Firefighters said a pickup truck parked on land adjacent to Highway 118 was destroyed by the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

The California Highway Patrol has issued a GIS alert at Porter Ranch. The eastbound Highway 118 off-ramp to Porter Ranch Drive will be closed for at least an hour due to the fire, the CHP said.

Drivers should look for alternate routes.

LAFD says the origin of the fire started in or near a homeless encampment near the freeway, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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