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Firefighters, 9 Helicopters Battle Grass Fire Near Lake View Terrace

LAKE VIEW TERRACE (CBS) — Firefighters, nine helicopters and other aircraft helped battle a grass fire east of Lake View Terrace Saturday, according to officials.

The fire threatened to spread to the Angeles National Forest but by 4:30 p.m. officials said the blaze was under control.

More than 75 firefighters battled the blaze on the ground. They were aided by two SuperScooper aircraft, an Erickson Air-Crane fire helicopter and nine city and county fire choppers.

The fire was reported just before 2:30 in light to medium brush near 11880 Terra Vista Way, according to Matt Spend of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flames were about one mile east of the 118 and 210 Freeway interchange.

Spence called the fire "slow moving." He also said it was burning in the opposite direction of structures. Spence said fighting the fire was difficult because of the areas rugged and steep terrain.

"Water drops are proving effective," Spence said.

The fire was declared under control in 54 minutes, according to Spence.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

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