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L.A. firefighters battle brush fire near Cypress Park [Updated]

April 7, 2010 |  6:29 pm

Firefighters were knocking down a one-acre brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon along the Los Angeles River in the Cypress Park area.Click here for a profile of L.A. Cypress Park neighborhood

The blaze had burned about an acre of medium-to-heavy brush near 1625 San Fernando Road but did not appear to be endangering any buildings, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. About 40 firefighters and eight engine companies were battling the fire.

The fire was a reminder that the Southern California region, despite being drenched by recent rainstorms, was not immune to wildfires, officials said. They noted that warm temperatures and relative humidity in the single digits has dried out the brush.

"We're not out of fire danger," said Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

[Updated at 7:07 p.m.: Firefighters controlled the blaze and were mopping up hot spots, the Fire Department said.]

-- Robert J. Lopez

Map shows area of brush fire. Credit: Times Mapping L.A.