|Above, the house where George Reeves died in Benedict Canyon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last year, a major fire struck the Bel Aire/Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles County.
Now, a big brush fire has hit the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
According to Variety:
A fast-burning brush fire, called the Portola Fire, is threatening the Beverly Crest area near Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles, the location of numerous multi-million dollar mansions. “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden, who spoke to ABC7 News about how close the blaze was to her home, is among the many celebrities who live in the area.
Other residents of the surrounding area include Emmy Rossum, Channing Tatum, Jon Lovitz, Jessica Alba, Jon Voight, and Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd.
The fire was reportedly caused by a weed whacker being used in a resident’s yard. Evacuations are expected to be lifted by 8 p.m. as the fire danger diminishes.
Benedict Canyon is on the west side of Beverly Hills, north of Sunset Blvd., and east of Bel Air and the 405 freeway.
No injuries or damages to structures have been reported. Authorities and news media are recommending avoiding the entire Benedict Canyon area so that emergency vehicles can access the fire.
Benedict Canyon gained notoriety during past years from the suicide of Adventures of Superman star George Reeves in 1959 and the Sharon Tate murders by the Manson Family in 1969.
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