Shock pics of smoke near iconic Hollywood Sign as wildfire burns in Los Angeles

A BRUSH fire started near an observatory in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters are at the scene east of Griffith Observatory and near the iconic Hollywood Sign where smoke can be seen rising.

信用: Nevada Seismological Laboratory
A large cloud of smoke could be seen in the area

A large cloud of smoke could be seen in the area信用: Twitter/Dwayne Cameron

The fire broke out shortly before 3pm in the 2600 block of North Nottingham Avenue.

Video at the scene shows a large smoke cloud as crews work to combat the flames.

Helicopters in the area are dropping water to extinguish the fire.

The Los Angeles Fire Department estimated a 50-by-100-foot area of vegetation is on fire.

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