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UPDATE: Benedict Canyon 'Portola' Fire at 80% Contained


LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - A brush fire broke out and threatened homes Tuesday afternoon in the Beverly Crest area, prompting a furious response by firefighters. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, 40 acres have burned with 80 percent containment. The Portola fire threatened some homes in the Benedict Canyon and Beverly Crest areas of Los Angeles.

Officials say it was started by sparks from a weed wacker. A worker was clearing brush in the back of a home when the fire started Tuesday afternoon between Portola and Yoakum Drives. Firefighters used water drops to stop the fire from reaching homes. Officials say it's a reminder to only use licensed contractors who follow safety requirements, such as not using metal blades and having something available to put out flames. No homes have been damaged, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and another for a minor burn injury.

L.A. Fire Department Spokesman Eric Scott tells KNX Thursday the weather is on the firefighters' side:

L.A. Fire Department Spokesman Eric Scott tells KNX about the Portola Fire: