Porter Ranch fire: Over 100 firefighters fight a major wildfire

PORTER RANCH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Over 100 firefighters are battling a large bushfire in the Porter Ranch area Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out just before 3:30 p.m. in the 11200 block of Porter Ranch Drive. Up to two acres of grass were burned south of the 118 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It is 75% contained as of Sunday evening.

Approximately 140 LAFD firefighters were deployed to the scene for a ground and airborne assault on the fire.

Crews managed to stop the fire’s advance around 4:30 p.m., LAFD says.

Officials call the fire the Porter Fire. According to the LAFD, the blazes were fanned by 10 to 15 mph winds blowing from the south.

A few point fires have been reported near and within Monteria Estates, but LAFD says no homes are threatened at this time and there are no evacuations.

Firefighters say a pickup truck parked in a lot adjacent to the 118 freeway was destroyed by the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SIG alert at Porter Ranch. The eastbound 118 freeway exit to Porter Ranch Drive will be closed for at least an hour because of the fire, CHP said.

Motorists should look for alternative routes.

According to LAFD, the fire’s origin began at or near a homeless encampment near the freeway, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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