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Firefighters battle 20-acre brush fire in Antelope Valley [Updated]

May 3, 2011 |  3:42 pm

Firefighters were battling a 20-acre brush fire Tuesday afternoon that broke out in the Antelope Valley.

The blaze was reported shortly before 3 p.m. near the 8300 block of West Avenue I, in an area known as Antelope Acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The fire had scorched about 15 acres when the first crews arrived. The blaze was being fanned by dry north winds around 10 mph, fire officials said.

[Updated, 4:57 p.m: The fire has been knocked down after burning about 60 acres, officials said. Crews are mopping up hotspots.]

One home was briefly threatened, but a water-dropping helicopter helped beat back the flames, according to fire officials.

The cause had not been determined.

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-- Robert J. Lopez
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