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Live Oak Fire

For the second time this week fire has threatened Claremont, this time at its western border.

At 12:52 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire received a call about a brush fire directly behind LeRoy Haynes Center at 233 West Base Line Road in La Verne, just a few hundred yards from Claremont’s western border.

Due to the hot weather and mid to high brush, the fire quickly advanced from the flash point in Broken Canyon into adjacent Live Oak Canyon, threatening homes in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County between La Verne and Claremont, according to L.A. County Fire Captain Roland Sprewell.

L.A. County Fire, U.S Department of Forestry hotshots, and air support from L.A. City Fire knocked down the fire pretty quickly thanks to a coordinated effort. In all, about 130 firefighters were involved.

Base Line Road was closed from Towne Avenue, west to Fruit Street in La Verne to allow fire crews to do their work.

About 200 people were evacuated from homes in and around the canyon including the Briney Point neighborhood where several homes were threatened and at one time surrounded by flames. At about 3:30 p.m., firefighters had the blaze largely contained to 40 acres but will be monitoring the burn area and putting out hot spots into the night.

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