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Small brush fire quickly attacked in Ladera Heights

Firefighters said they responded in force and quickly got a handle on a small brush fire creeping up a Ladera Heights hillside on Monday morning.

Flames from the 1.5-acre fire at 9000 Overland Ave. were visible to motorists on the 405 Freeway near the 90 Freeway interchange, said Matt Levesque, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire authorities initially sent seven engines, four camp crews, four helicopters and two Super Scooper aircraft when they received the 10:40 a.m. call, Levesque said.

But the air support was recalled when teams on the scene assured headquarters they had the flames under control, Levesque said. The fire was not threatening any structures, he said.

Los Angeles and Ventura counties are under a red-flag alert due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. The warning will extend through Tuesday, officials said.

-- Catherine Saillant

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