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Firefighters battle brush fire in Rancho Palos Verdes

January 9, 2012 |  8:26 pm

Los Angeles County firefighters were battling a brush fire Monday night in Rancho Palos Verdes that was burning near homes but did not appear to be threatening the structures.

Two water-dropping helicopters were attacking the blaze, which had burned about five acres, as about 100 firefighters tried to beat back flames on the ground, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The flames were moving slowly as they were pushed by south winds blowing about 3 mph, the department said. The low winds were allowing the helicopters to make repeated water drops in the steep canyons where the fire was burning.

The blaze broke out in the vicinity of Crest Road and Crenshaw Boulevard about 7 p.m. Hand crews were responding to cut fire breaks along the perimeter of the blaze.

News footage on KCA- TV Channel 9 showed flames curling into the air and thick clouds of smoke billowing as the helicopters dropped water on the blaze.

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