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Fires in Diamond Bar near full containment

November 4, 2009 |  8:55 am

Diamond Bar fire

Fire crews are close to full containment this morning on a series of brush fires that broke out Tuesday along the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, officials said.

“It’s not 100% contained yet, but it’s awfully close,” said L.A. County Fire Department Inspector Matt Levesque.

No charges will be filed against the motorist whose pickup truck's faulty catalytic converter is believed responsible for sparking the fires, he said. The driver was detained for questioning and released.

Less than 50 acres burned, but fire crews stayed through the night to cut a line around the fires and to make sure there weren’t any lingering hot spots, Levesque said. The fires were first reported about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. 

All engine crews have been released, but three camp crews and two supervisors remain, he said.

This morning, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department announced that no charges will be filed against that driver, and the incident is being deemed an accident, said Sheriff’s Deputy Aura Sierra. The name of the driver has not been released.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Los Angeles County firefighters check for hot spots Tuesday below Scenic Ridge Drive in Chino Hills just above the 60 Freeway. Credit: Gina Ferazzi  / Los Angeles Times