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Chino Hills brush fire consumes 60 acres

September 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fire crews battled two brush fires burning near homes and a golf course that charred dozens of acres in Chino Hills.Officials said one fire has consumed 40 acres, while the second has charred 20.

The blaze forced the closure of Highway 71 to allow fire personnel and equipment into the area.

There were no reports of injuries or damages.

"I didn't really think anything of it until I looked outside and saw where it was," said Karen Buma of the Yorba Slaughter Adobe, a historical building that was near the fire.

"What really helped was that the sun went down, the humidity went up and it was really able to help slow the progression of the fire," said Massiel De Guevara with the Chino Valley Fire Department. "

Firefighters expect to conduct a mopup of the area to prevent further flameups.

The California Highway Patrol was working to begin reopening lanes of Highway 71 on Saturday night.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.


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