Brentwood Brush Fire Burning Out of Control

Screengrab/Courtesy of KNBC Los Angeles

LAFD has declared the fire a "major emergency."

Firefighters are responding to a fire that has been declared a "major emergency" in Brentwood, Calif.

The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. near 2969 N. Mandeville Canyon Road as a 3/4three-quarter-acre light brush fire. It has since burned 30 acres with no injuries immediately reported and winds blowing at about 5 to 10 miles per hour, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Five homes were evacuated early on, the LAFD said, but there have been no further evacuations and no structures have been damaged.

More than 158 firefighters are on the scene in addition to five camp crews and a helicopter dropping water from above.

At 5:07 p.m., the LAFD posted a statement saying that the cause of the fire was accidental, "related to weed abatement for proper brush clearance." The LAFD said it is "anticipating operations for at least the next 36 hours," but there is no containment number yet available.

Mandeville Canyon Road is closed at Sunset Boulevard with no timeline yet for when the road will reopen; vehicles are not allowed past the closure.

The LAFD also offered three tips for clearing brush: "1) Avoid performing brush clearance during peak heat hours 2) If possible, avoid the use of metal bladed equipment which can cause sparks (ie when they hit a rock) 3) Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, etc., immediately available so if a spark does create flames, you can quickly extinguish it and ensure no spread of fire."

Many Hollywood players have made Mandeville Canyon their home, including Lachlan Murdoch, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ari Emanuel and Dr. Dre, who bought Tom Brady's and Gisele Bundchen's four-acre property (part of Brentwood Country Estates) for $40 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger also owns a pad in the Estates, which were developed by the Hilton family in the 1980s.

Check out photos from the local news stations below.

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