The Latest: Device used to clear brush set off hillside fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in California (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

Los Angeles fire officials say a power tool being used to clear brush sparked a wildfire that’s prompted evacuation orders for 86 homes in the wealthy hillside enclave of Benedict Canyon.

Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says it’s an important reminder that people using such devices should keep a fire extinguisher nearby when they work.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon and has burned 35 to 40 acres of thick brush in the canyon, which is flanked by multimillion-dollar homes. No homes have been damaged.

The fire is 10 percent contained and is showing little growth. About 250 firefighters aided by aircraft are battling the blaze.

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3:58 p.m.

A wildfire has erupted in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, prompting some residents to leave their homes in the wealthy Benedict Canyon neighborhood.

About 250 firefighters aided by a retardant-dropping helicopter erupted at about 2:30 p.m. in thick brush. Flames raced up the steep canyon, which is surrounded on all sides by homes that overlook Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles.

Fire officials say they’re making good progress against the 20-acre blaze but mandatory evacuations have been ordered for one street.

Luckily, the wind is slight and the fire is moving slowly.

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