Monrovia firefighters are battling a small brush fire in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene near Crescent Drive and Madison Avenue shortly after 11 a.m., said Jennifer McLain, a city spokeswoman. The fire is about 1 1/2 acres, she said, but cautioned that “conditions today are windy.”
The fire was started by a gardener, in the backyard of a residence, she said. No other details were available.
No homes are threatened at the moment and no evacuations have been ordered, McLain said.
In addition to the Monvrovia firefighters, Los Angeles County and U.S. Forest Service personnel are on the scene, she said.
A lack of rain this season has produced especially dry conditions that have firefighters on alert for brush fires.
L.A. fire Capt. Jamie Moore said an aerial inspection of the city last week provided a sobering picture of just how dry the landscape has become.
"It is alarming how much the brush has grown since last season," he said. "We have a lot of dry underbrush. We have 20- or 30-foot-tall trees with brush and undergrowth."