Whittier Narrows Blaze Scorches Roughly 5 Acres

WHITTIER (CNS) - Firefighters have stopped the progress of a brush fire that charred about five acres of terrain in the Whittier Narrows area today.

The fire was 50% contained by lines of cleared vegetation as of 5:52 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Sims said. Ground crews were being assisted by at least one water-dropping helicopter.

The fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at 555 N. Durfee Ave., Sims said.

There were no immediate reports of any structures being threatened, she said. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters reported 15-20 ``homeless camps'' in the area, Sims said. It was not immediately known whether anyone in the camps was responsible for the blaze.

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