Firefighters were searching for victims Monday afternoon in rugged terrain in the Santa Monica Mountains after a plane crashed in the area.
The crash, which followed a forced landing of a separate aircraft in Westlake Village earlier Monday, sparked a small brush fire as a Los Angeles County Fire Department camp crew scoured the area near Mulholland Drive and Las Virgenes Road, officials said.
"We're making a search-and-rescue effort right now to determine if there are any survivors," Inspector Quvondo Johnson told The Times.
Nearby Las Virgenes Road was shut down shortly before 4 p.m. near Piuma Road after a tree toppled onto a power line, the California Highway Patrol said. It was not immediately clear if the downed tree was related to the airplane crash.
The brush fire, which charred about an acre in the parched area, was quickly extinguished, officials said.
Earlier, a Cessna made a belly landing at 2:15 p.m. near the third hole of the Westlake Golf Course. County fire officials and witnesses said the landing gear was still up when it happened.