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Firefighters gain control over 65-acre Sepulveda Pass fire

Firefighters gained control Friday evening over a fast-moving brush fire that charred 65 acres along the Sepulveda Pass. Most of the flames appeared to be out, and crews were searching for hot spots.

Officials expected to have the fire fully contained by Saturday morning, Assistant Fire Chief Daryl Arbuthmott of the Los Angeles Fire Department told The Times at the command post. The fire was 40% contained at 6:30 p.m.

Seven helicopters and two Super Scooper aircraft continued to conduct water drops on the blaze just east of the 405 Freeway and north of the Getty Center.

PHOTOS: Fire in Sepulveda Pass threatens homes, Getty Center

Arbuthmott said that no homes are currently threatened, in part because the flames have been fueled by the rough terrain rather than high winds. “If there were winds, we would have homes in danger,” he said. Television helicopter images showed flames on a ridge just above Moraga Drive, a cul-de-sac in Bel-Air.
Three hundred firefighters were on scene early Friday evening, and 150 firefighters will stay overnight to contain the blaze, said Tim Ernst, operations chief for the Fire Department. Personnel will stay in the area for two to three days, cleaning up. Helicopters will be out again at dawn Saturday.

"It's going to be a long night," Arbuthmott said.
From the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center, several dozen firefighters could be seen flanking a ridge, some equipped with hoses, hacking away at the underbrush to create a perimeter.
A number of agencies were mobilized to combat the flames, including the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Culver City.


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