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Firefighters knock down Rancho Palos Verdes brush fire

January 9, 2012 | 11:02 pm

Rancho Palos Verdes brush fire knocked down
Los Angeles County firefighters knocked down a brush fire Monday night that burned close to homes in steep terrain in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Firefighters had the blaze about 30% contained as crews on the ground were cutting a fire line around the perimeter and extinguishing hot spots, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Pushed by 3-mph southerly winds, flames moved slowly and burned toward the ocean away from homes, officials said.  At one point, the fire came close to the homes while three helicopters made repeated water drops on the flames and about 100 firefighters pressed ahead with a ground attack.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. A resident told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that a power outage, perhaps caused by a transformer explosion, preceded the blaze.

"The power flickered off.... We saw a big blue flash," Chris Mack told the station.

The Fire Department said that crews would probably work through the night as they continued their mop-up operations.

No injures were reported, officials said, and no evacuations were ordered.


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Firetrucks fill the area behind homes in Rancho Palos Verdes on Monday. Credit: Christina House / For The Times