- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire burning above multimillion-dollar houses in the Hollywood Hills sent a huge plume of smoke over Los Angeles.

The blaze that broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday near the Hollywood Reservoir was 50 percent contained after burning 18 acres some four hours later. Fire crews and the dramatic sight of flames and smoke combined to slow traffic on the nearby U.S. 101 Freeway during rush hour.

City fire helicopters were using the nearby reservoir to fill up and drop water on the blaze. They along with 200 firefighters made quick progress in stopping the worst of the flames.

Fire officials say no homes were in serious danger. Brush clearance is excellent around most of the homes and apartment buildings in the area, and winds were not especially strong.

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