Encino fire doused after threatening six homes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO _ A small brush fire threatened six homes this afternoon near a reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains, before winds shifted and pushed the blaze to a less populated area, authorities said. The 2 p.m. fire blackened more than 20 acres and sent clouds of smoke billowing over the San Fernando Valley. Flames came within about 100 yards of homes on Alonzo Avenue and Via Villarta, but the winds shifted and pushed the fire back toward the Encino Reservoir near the 101-405 Freeway interchange, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. No homes have been evacuated, Humphrey said. About 200 firefighters from around Los Angeles and five helicopters _ including leased Helitankers capable of dropping 2,300 gallons of water _ were assigned to the fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department also deployed hand-crews to the scene. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “We were able to hammer the head of the fire,” Humphrey said. A false report of a plane crash in the area prompted authorities to divert about 30 firefighters from the blaze to conduct a search, Humphrey said. Fire officials believe witnesses may have called in about a firefighting aircraft. An official with the Federal Aviation Administration said no planes were missing.last_img