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Brush fire burns 300 acres in northern Los Angeles County, no homes threatened


LANCASTER, California — A brush fire in northern Los Angeles County that scorched some 300 acres is 80 percent contained.

No structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported.

According to county fire officials, about 200 firefighters with help from water-dropping helicopters and planes were sent to fight the blaze in the Lancaster area, where afternoon temperatures hovered around 80 degrees.

Fire Inspector Chris Reade says winds made it more difficult for firefighters to contain the flames. When firefighters arrived on scene they encountered 18 mph winds with gusts of up to 27 mph.

But within a few hours they had stopped its progress and the aircraft were able to leave the scene.

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