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BHFD Fighting Brush Fire in Benedict Canyon Area

Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 4:08 PM

Firefighters seek to contain the fire within a perimeter marked by San Ysidro Drive, Yoakum Drive and Benedict Canyon Drive. Over 250 firefighters are engaged and there are now five water and retardant-dropping helicopters in the area. Over 70 homes are under evacuation orders. 

Mulholland Drive is closed between Benedict Canyon and Beverly Glen Canyon, in addition to the closure of Benedict Canyon. 

Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 5:34 PM

Due to the Portola Fire in the city of Los Angeles, LAPD has requested the following street closures:

Benedict Canyon is closed for northbound traffic at Tower Rd.
San Ysidro is closed at Pickfair. Nearby residents will be allowed with proper identification. 

There is no current threat to properties in the Beverly Hills City limits.

Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 3:35 PM

Reports place the fire at 32 acres. Mild winds are blowing north – away from Beverly Hills – but there are MANDATORY evacuations in place. 


Update Brush Fire; 3:53PM; 9808 W Portola Dr; West Los Angeles; #PortolaFire Fire now estimated at 32 acres with potential of reaching 60 acres. NEW MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS: Northern boundary of Highridge Dr down Summitridge Dr continuing on San Ysidro Dr to Stan Place to the south. EVACUATION WARNING: Northern boundary of San Circle down San Ysidro Dr to southern boundary of Peavine Dr. EVACUATION CENTER UPDATE: Westwood Recreation Center is the established Evac Center (Not the Wooden Center) at 1350 S Sepulveda Dr. One fixed wing aircraft is now on scene; FS 99; Batt 10; Valley Bureau; Council District 4; Margaret Stewart

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 3:24 PM

An estimated 10 acres are burning in the area between Yoakum and Portola Drives and 150 firefighters are battling the blaze off Benedict Canyon Road.

Four LAFD helicopters are dropping water and five engines from Culver City, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are knocking it down. BHFD Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Match reports that the at this point, there are no structures in the Beverly Hills area that are threatened, and some evacuations are on the Los Angeles side. It is not clear if they are mandatory or voluntary, he said.

Structure protection is in place. 

Matsch called the response a “large contingent,” pointing out that there is no wind. With weather working in their favor, the fire is “not wind-driven,” he stressed. “This is not the 405 fire or Santa Barbara,” he said.

The area is a green plateau that is mostly undeveloped.

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