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Grass fire near Palmdale is quickly contained

Firefighters quickly contained a brush fire near Palmdale on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. No structures were damaged in the blaze, which consumed about 25 acres of grass and brush.

The first call reporting flames near West Avenue 5 at the 14 Freeway came in to dispatchers at 4:07 p.m. Initially, 115 firefighters went to the scene, and within 10 minutes they called for more support, said Inspector Tony Imbrenda of the L.A. County Fire Department.

“Getting a handle on the fire as early as possible is our critical goal,” he said.

Soon about 200 firefighters, two bulldozers and four water-dropping helicopters were at work. Assistance came from the L.A. Fire Department and from the National Forest Service.

There was concern, briefly, when 20-mph winds drove the fire northwest toward the Ana Verde housing tract. But no evacuations were necessary, and the fire was out by 5:01 p.m.

The ability to flood a fire with resources is “usually what does the job,” Imbrenda said.

No information was immediately available on the cause of the fire.

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