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Homes evacuated in Hacienda Heights brush fire

More than 100 firefighters were battling a brush fire in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday evening that briefly threatened homes and forced evacuations north of Colima Road, officials said.

The blaze was burning in dry bush in the steep hillsides near Halliburton Road, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

About a dozen residents in six homes were evacuated, said Capt. Frank Reynoso. He said firefighters were able to beat back the flames as they neared the residences.

Four camp crews were trying to cut breaks along the flanks of the blaze. The ground crews were being aided by three water-dropping helicopters, the department said.

The blaze was reported shortly before 6 p.m. and quickly spread from 3 acres to just under 10 acres.

--Robert J. Lopez
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