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Firefighters beat back flames in Hacienda Heights brush fire

Firefighters were mopping up a brush fire Tuesday evening that forced 15 homes and 32 residents to be evacuated as flames raced up a dry hillside, officials said.

More than 100 firefighters, aided by three water-dropping helicopters, knocked down the flames north of Colima Road about 6:45 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Fire officials had previously said that six homes and about a dozen residents had been evacuated but revised those figures after they brought the blaze under control, said Capt. Frank Reynoso. Residents were waiting to return to their homes Tuesday evening.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. and burned 3 acres of dry vegetation in the hills near Colima and Halliburton roads. The cause was under investigation.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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