Fire burns homes in northern Los Angeles

November 15, 2008 2:12:42 PM PST
A wind-driven wildfire has burned up to five homes and is threatening dozens of others in a foothill community at the edge of the Angeles National Forest in northern Los Angeles.

LA City Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Kelley says the fire broke out about 10:30 p.m. at a park in Sylmar and quickly spread to 100 acres in an hour.

Television foot shows embers flying in the dark and several homes engulfed in flames.

Kelley says a mandatory evacuation has not been ordered, but an evacuation center has been set up at a nearby high school.

A National Weather Service meteorologist says a wind gust was clocked at 61 miles per hour in the fire area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries have been reported.