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Catalina fire threatens yacht club; 100 firefighters sent to island by barge

May 2, 2011 |  3:23 pm

Hot, windy conditions sparked several brush fires on Monday, including one on Catalina Island and Tujunga Canyon.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials were concerned about a fire that broke out behind the Catalina Yacht Club this afternoon and was threatening the structure, according to L.A. County Fire spokesman Matthew Levesque.

Two helicopters are now doing water drops, and 100 firefighters are being sent to the island by barge from San Pedro, he said.

A second fire was burning near the 5 Freeway at Templin Highway.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m.: A third fire was reported in Ladera Heights but was quickly put out by more than 50 firefighters.]

The Los Angeles Fire Department said 50 firefighters and water-dropping helicopters put out a small brush fire that started this afternoon near  11111 N. Tujunga Canyon Blvd.

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-- Andrew Blankstein
Twitter: @anblanx

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