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Rancho Palos Verdes brush fire burns 35 acres; no homes threatened

January 9, 2012 |  9:13 pm

Rancho Palos Verdes brush fire burns at least 35 acres
A brush fire burning Monday night in Rancho Palos Verdes had grown to about 35 acres, but firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand in their efforts to knock down the flames, officials said.

Three helicopters were making repeated water drops on the slow-moving blaze, which was burning in steep terrain in the vicinity of Hawthorne Boulevard and Crest Drive, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

About 100 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground.  The department said fire crews were making steady progress in the attack and that no homes were threatened by the flames. At one point, flames burned close to some homes, but no evacuations were ordered.

Dry, powerful winds that blew across the region over the weekend had largely subsided and were blowing about 3 mph Monday night, officials said. The low winds allowed helicopter pilots to make nighttime drops, which are considered difficult because of low visibility and power lines in the area.

Hand crews were cutting lines along the perimeter of the blaze, which broke out about 7 p.m. It was unclear what sparked the fire.

Live video footage on CBS News Los Angeles showed that firefighters had extinguished much of the blaze.


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Photo: Fire burning Monday night. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5