Jeffrey Fire: Blaze erupts in Chatsworth, covering surrounding area with smoke

CHATSWORTH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A brush fire erupted in Chatsworth, covering the surrounding area with thick smoke as firefighters battled the blaze Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze, dubbed the Jeffrey Fire, erupted near 22560 West Jeffrey Mark Court around 4 p.m. The blaze quickly grew to about five acres, and it also briefly threatened nearby homes before crews extinguished most of the flames.

Forward progress was stopped at nine acres.

The fire erupted on a rocky terrain in light-to-medium brush amid light wind and hot temperatures. Aerial footage from AIR7 HD showed smoke from the fire blanketing nearby neighborhoods.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and LAFD both responded to the blaze. Helicopters from the L.A. and Ventura County fire departments also pounded the fire with precision water drops for several hours.

It was not immediately known what caused the fire.

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