Brush fire 50 percent contained near 101 Freeway in Hollywood

A brush fire in the Hollywood Hills scorched about 20 acres Tuesday before firefighters backed by water-dropping helicopters gained the upper hand on the flames.

No structures were threatened by the fire, which was reported just after 3 p.m. east of the Hollywood (101) Freeway and northeast of Cahuenga Boulevard, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but some residents were advised to leave homes on Holly Drive, Stewart said.

More than 200 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which was battled from the ground and air as helicopters from the city and county fire departments made drops with water from the nearby Hollywood Reservoir.

Traffic on the southbound Hollywood Freeway, not typically a smooth ride during the weekday afternoon rush, was crawling through the area and the Cahuenga Boulevard on- and off-ramps on the northbound side were closed.

No injuries were reported.

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