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Wind-driven grass fire prompts evacuation at Occidental College

December 1, 2011 |  2:14 am

Los Angeles firefighters are battling a 2-acre grassfire fanned by ferocious winds near Occidental College that has forced the evacuation of an unknown number of students this morning.

LAFD reports that the fire began shortly before midnight Wednesday in the vicinity of 1921 N. Campus Road. L.A. police officers arrived shortly after the fire was reported and began evacuating students.

There were  no reports of injuries or structures damaged. It was unknown early Thursday whether any structures might be threatened at the Eagle Rock school.

At 1:20 a.m. a fire official blogged, "The firefight continues in strong/erratic winds."


Powerful Santa Ana winds sweep across Southland

Gusts near 100 mph reported; about 25,500 without power

-- Sam Quiñones