Brush Fire Threatening Homes in L.A.'s Benedict Canyon

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According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a number of homes in the area are under "immediate threat."

A brush fire swept through the Benedict Canyon area of West Los Angeles on Tuesday.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire, being called the "Portola Fire," initially covered 10 acres and a number of homes in the area were under "immediate threat." As of late afternoon, the fire had spread to an estimated 32 acres with the potential of reaching 60 acres.

The fire is burning south of Yoakum Drive and north of Portola Drive, moving toward Benedict Canyon Drive.

An affluent area, Benedict Canyon is home to the $1 billion The Vineyard property, as well as the 1960s home of director Roman Polanski and then-wife Sharon Tate, where the actress was murdered by members of the Charles Manson "family."

LAFD air support has been seen in the area attempting to put out the flames.

LAFD captain Branden Silverman announced on Twitter that evacuations were taking place along San Ysidro Drive between Milboro Place and Beeson Drive, including Beeson Drive and Milboro Place west of San Ysidro Drive. UCLA's Wooden Center will serve as the evac center.

Over 150 firefighters have been assigned to battle the blaze, with more being added.

No injuries have been reported. 

At 8 p.m., the LAFD lifted the evacuation order and confirmed that approximately 86 homes were affected by the evacuation. 

June 12, 8.15 p.m. Updated with the latest information from the LAFD.