Crews were attacking a wind-driven brush fire in the San Fernando Valley foothills Monday afternoon that burned 200 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The blaze was reported about 2:20 p.m. in the 11000 block of Wheatland Avenue, just north of the 210 Freeway in the Lake View Terrace area, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The fire, pushed uphill by 5 to 7 mph winds, was estimated to have blackened about five acres of light to medium brush in the early stages of the blaze, fire officials said.
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By the afternoon, winds coming from the south were gusting at 19 mph, and the fire had consumed about 200 acres.
By 6 p.m., the fire was 35 percent contained. It was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday, officials said.
Crews were taking an aggressive stance as parts of California face a heightened risk of fire this summer.
Climate change has left the state’s winters drier and springs warmer, and it is beginning the fifth year of a drought so harsh that it has killed more than 29 million trees. The severe weather is even threatening the iconic giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.