Brush fire burns near SoCal foothill homes

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LA VERNE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have reduced the acreage of a brushfire in eastern Los Angeles County and say they’re close to containing it.

County fire Inspector Keith Mora says the blaze, originally estimated at 40 acres, is actually about 27 acres. He also says there’s no active flame showing and crews are expecting to knock down the blaze shortly.

The blaze erupted shortly before 1 p.m. Friday near La Verne and swiftly grew in the brushy foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Sheriff’s Department evacuated nearby homes and a children’s center but the only damage was to an outbuilding.

More than 100 firefighters, two Super Scooper airplanes and three helicopters are fighting the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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