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Firefighters battle Whittier brushfire

Los Angeles County firefighters expect to contain a small brushfire in Whittier by late Thursday.

The fire, burning in a hillside area near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street, was reported about 5 p.m. and had burned less than five acres, according to a spokesman for the Los County Fire Department.

The blaze originally threatened several residences, but none was damaged and there were no injuries.

“Hand crews were able to aggressively fight the fire,” county Fire Inspector Frederic Stowers said.

The department attacked the flames with 125 firefighters, five helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

-- Bettina Boxall

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