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Homes are threatened and firefighters are injured as two brush fires erupt in Southern California

Homes are threatened and firefighters are injured as two brush fires erupt in Southern California

Two wildfires erupted in Southern California on Sunday afternoon, threatening homes and triggering evacuations in La Verne and Lucerne Valley.

The La Verne blaze scorched about 40 acres of medium to heavy brush, sending three firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries, said Eddie Pickett, a dispatcher with the L.A. County Fire Department.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. near the 210 Freeway and Fruit Street, where it was burning uphill toward residential neighborhoods.

As of shortly after 6:30 p.m., the blaze was no longer moving toward homes, though a “gust of wind or anything else can change that,” Pickett said.

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