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Palos Verdes Peninsula fire is 90% contained, but embers still smolder

August 29, 2009 |  2:21 pm


The Palos Verdes Peninsula fire is almost out, at 90% containment, with only a handful of fire crews left behind to watch smoldering patches of brush, fire officials said this afternoon.

“The fire was declared knocked down" Friday, "but we have a lot of embers that are still smoldering,” said County Fire Department Capt. Mike Brown. 

Seven fire patrols remain in the area “mopping up smoldering embers,”  Brown said Saturday afternoon. The fire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula burned 230 acres, he said.

The fire began Thursday night and prompted evacuations and damaged six houses. Nighttime air assaults at the onset of the blaze helped prevent the fire from causing widespread damage. At one point flames lapped at the exterior of homes in Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.

---Carla Hall

Photo: Water-dropping helicopters douse the remaining hotspots at the fire in the canyons of Rancho Palos Verdes August 28, 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times