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Firefighters gain on Sepulveda Pass fire, now at 40 acres

September 14, 2012 |  6:09 pm

The brush fire burning east of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass has grown to 40 acres, but firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on the blaze. 

Two Super Scoopers were dropping water on the blaze, which broke out near the edge of the freeway and raced up the hillside, spilling over the ridge toward Moraga Drive, a residential cul-de-sac in Bel-Air. Firefighters, however, did not believe the neighborhood was immediately threatened.

Although temperatures had risen to 102 degrees and humidity was relatively low, mild winds allowed firefighters to make progress.

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The Getty Center, on the other side of the freeway, shut down early as a precaution.

About 250 firefighters were battling the blaze, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Smoke could be seen as far as Santa Monica and Pacific Coast Highway.

City authorities have not called for evacuations.

"We have a pretty good handle on the fire," Moore said.

"This is not a wind-driven fire, it is topography fire,” Moore said.


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