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Firefighters battle blaze that chars 3 acres in Claremont

Firefighters were launching an aggressive air and ground attack Wednesday afternoon after a brush broke out in Claremont and had burned about three acres.

The fire was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. near East Foothill Boulevard and North Dartmouth Avenue, not far from the Claremont Colleges, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The blaze was called the Foothill fire.

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Fire engines were being positioned around nearby houses in case flames approached, a department spokesman said.

Crews on the ground were being aided by two SuperScooper aircraft and at least two water-dropping helicopters.

No other details were immediately available.

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