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Pacific Palisades brush fire contained at 5 acres

Los Angeles city firefighters battle a blaze above the Santa Ynez Canyon on the western edge of Pacific Palisades Sunday, May 4, 2014.
May 4, 2014 3:35:40 PM PDT
Crews fully contained a five-acre brush fire in the upscale neighborhood of Pacific Palisades Sunday. The fire was burning dangerously close to homes.

The blaze erupted in parkland near the 17100 block of Avenida de Santa Ynez around 12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says more than 200 firefighters and three helicopters were immediately assigned to the fire. It was contained in about four hours and 19 minutes.

Witnesses said the fire appeared to be burning north, up the hills towards the Palisades Highland subdivision.

It remains unclear how many homes were initially threatened. No formal evacuations were ordered. No structures were damaged.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced via his Twitter account that the fire had been brought under control.

"Great work by over 150 LAFD personnel in Pacific Palisades today. Fire is under control, but crews will be there all night to keep safe," he tweeted.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Associated Press and CNS contributed to this report.

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