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Firefighters douse a brush in the foothills outside of Calabasas, Calif. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. A fast-moving brush fire sweeping through hills northwest of downtown Los Angeles has damaged homes and prompted neighborhood evacuations. Los Angeles County fire officials now say the brushfire is threatening about 3,000 homes in the Calabasas neighborhood. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

Local residents evacuated their homes, due to a brush fire outside Los Angeles which was threatening nearby and surrounding homes, according to authorities.

The 200-acre brush fire in Calabasas, a Los Angeles County city, was reportedly triggered when a vehicle hit a utility pole, downing power lines.

There are several homes that were damaged, fire officials said, and thus, mandatory evacuations were ordered for some Calabasas residents.

Helicopters and air tankers were also brought in to make water drops.

CNN quoted Calabasas city manager Tony Coroalles as saying that 3,000 homes, or about 5,000 people, had been evacuated.