BNEDICT CANYON, CA — Los Angeles Firefighters are furiously battling a brush fire that broke out in the Benedict Canyon area, scorching more than 32 acres and threatening homes in the celebrity enclave.
As the quick moving fire burns uphill, threatening homes, evacuations have been ordered along San Ysidro Drive between Milboro Place and Beeson Drive. Beeson and Milboro are also being evacuated west of San Ysidro Drive. An evacuation center will be set up at UCLA’s Wooden Center, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Benedict Canyon is closed for northbound traffic at Tower Road, and San Ysidro Drive is closed at Pickfair Way, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. Nearby residents will be allowed with proper identification, police said.
The fire is spreading behind homes on the 9800 block of Portola Drive and threatening homes on Yoakum Drive as well, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The fire is backing up to Benedict Canyon Drive, and it burned more than 32 acres by 4:35 p.m. Residents living nearby should be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice, authorities warned.
The blaze broke out just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, and more than 200 firefighters and helicopters water drop plane were immediately called in to attack the blaze. Authorities do not yet know how many acres have burned nor number of homes threatened in the steep terrain, said Stewart.