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Small brush fire burning near Harbor Regional Park [Update]

October 11, 2009 |  5:59 pm

[Updated, 7:45 p.m.: The brush fire grew to 5 acres before being knocked at 6:05 p.m., less than two hours after it started, said Erik Scott of the L.A. Fire Department.  Fire crews remained on the scene to extinguish hot spots, he said.]

[Corrected, 8:15 p.m.: The fire grew to 20 acres before being extinguished.]

A small brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon near Harbor Regional Park south of Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles fire officials said.

The two-acre fire was reported about 4:15 p.m. west of the 110 Freeway, north of Anaheim Street and west of Vermont Avenue, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

More than 95 firefighters have arrived at the scene, and five water-dropping helicopters are flying overhead, Scott said. "They are holding the fire in check with an aggressive attack on the ground," Scott said.

Firefighters are working on remote, hilly terrain with restricted access to water, Scott said. But, he said, the weather is "on our side today." Humidity has increased and an easterly wind is not strong enough to cause problems for firefighters. No structures are threatened, Scott said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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