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Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are praising helicopters, including the department’s own Firehawks and a newly contracted Coulson CH-47 Chinook capable of dropping 3,000 gallons of water at a time, with helping keep a fire in a remote area of Tuna Canyon from spreading on Friday.
The Tuna Fire broke out overnight about a mile up from Pacific Coast Highway on the east side of Tuna Canyon Road.
It grew to 5 acres.
No structures were threatened.
The terrain made fighting the blaze from the ground difficult, with crews having to hike in with 2,000 feet of hose.
Ground crews were eventually able to get hose lines around the fire’s footprint. Tuna Canyon Road will remain closed until further notice; PCH was fully open by 10 a.m.