All afternoon the neighborhood smelled odd - smoke in the air. You could see what was up from the window, a fire in Hollywood Hills. This one started over by Warner Brothers in Burbank an hour after noon and raced up to the Hollywood sign. It was pretty much out in a few hours. They saved the sign. Just another day in paradise, as they say.
The local account -
After a heavy aerial attack with water-dropping helicopters, ground crews are moving in on a fire in the Hollywood Hills that began Friday afternoon near an apartment complex off Barham Boulevard.
The fire started in Dark Canyon in the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard near the Oakwood Gardens Apartments complex. Crews said it is possible that the fire started in the parking lot of the complex.
… Crews said the fire was contained at about 4 p.m., but firefighters are responding to hotspots…. Five helicopters and five engine companies are staging atop Mount Lee, site of the landmark Hollywood sign. The fire was about a half-mile from the sign, and NewsChopper 4's Justin Jaeger said there appear to be many firebreaks between the sign and the fire line.
The earlier Associated Press account -
Firefighters were working to contain a fast-moving brush fire Friday that sent smoke seeping into the Warner Bros. studios and towering high in the sky behind the famous Hollywood sign.
The 24-acre blaze started near a corporate housing complex east of Universal City, south of the Warner Bros. studios complex in Burbank.
"The studio is fairly filled with smoke at the moment," said Scott Rowe, vice president of corporate communications for Warner Bros. Entertainment. "It's at our back door. I think a couple of our entrances have been closed at this point and we're operating normally but that could change any minute."