BRENTWOOD (CNS) - An elderly man suffered minor injuries, and firefighters with brush crews used helicopters to battle a fire that destroyed one house and damaged another on steep hills just west of the Getty Museum in Brentwood today.
One house at 1225 Chickory Lane was fully on fire when firefighters arrived at 11:41 a.m. They deployed "exposure protection" on a second nearby home, at 12256 Canna Road, to prevent it from catching on fire, Lenske said.
A 90-year-old man was treated for minor smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital, according to Shawn Lenske of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters do not know in which house the man lived, according to Lenske.
A small brush fire was also put out by firefighters less than 30 minutes after arriving on the scene, he said.
"We had helicopters on the scene to prevent any further spread to the brush," Lenske said.
About 95 firefighters responded to the area just west of the Getty Museum, according to Lenske. The cause of the fire was under investigation, Lenske said.
Another Santa Ana wind system was setting up over the mountains and canyons of Southern California today, and Red Flag Warnings were posted at midmorning to extend into Tuesday night.
Sustained winds of 20 miles per hour may gust to 50 mph today and through Tuesday in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills, the National Weather Service predicted.
The Santa Clarita Valley was included in the high-wind warning zone.
Coastal and valley areas should experience winds of 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts to 40 mph, the National Weather Service warned.
Humidity readings were expected to drop into the single digits, as dry air from inland deserts was squeezed towards the coast through mountains, canyons and passes.
In Los Angeles, scattered power line failures were reported before noon.