"Come on, come on, you got to go," authorities said as they walked up and down the street.
The Observatory, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles Zoo, Travel Town and Museum of the American West, as well as nearby golf courses, a magnet school and boys camp were evacuated Tuesday afternoon as firefighters dealt with erratic winds and bone-dry brush that has received less than 4 inches of rain in the last year.
Officials had expected that as night fell, moist air would flow in from the ocean, aiding their efforts. Instead, the hot winds continued, shifted direction and sent flames south toward the upscale homes in the hills above Los Feliz Boulevard.
The evacuation was ordered for a neighborhood southeast of the park that extended, by late in the night, down to Los Feliz Boulevard. By 10 p.m., about 300 people had been evacuated, but Los Angeles officials said 25 refused to leave, prompting urgent calls from authorities for residents to cooperate.
"Occasionally you'd see it flame up 40 feet, then die, then start up again," he said. "It depended on the fuel that was up there."
At one point, several firefighters were caught near a footbridge as the fire raged through a canyon. The fire jumped over the bridge and raced toward them, but a water-dropping helicopter was able to douse the flames before anyone was injured.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge said two popular hiking destinations -- Captain's Roost and Dante's View -- were severely damaged by the blaze. But Berlin Forest, which park officials feared was lost, appears to have survived the fire, he said. Meanwhile, the fire this morning seems to be focused on the western edge, around Mt. Hollywood.