Firefighters knock down East LA brush fire

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Los Angeles County Firefighters have knocked down a small brush fire that broke out around 12:30 in East Los Angeles.

The fire broke out across the street from Los Angeles County Fire Department headquarters.

Three water-dropping helicopters and about 200 firefighters were assigned to the blaze. L.A. County Fire Captain Mark Savage says it burned 8 acres.

“There were several homes in the area around the fire area. So we called for additional resources just to make sure we can keep it away for the structures, which we did.”

Wind carried the smoke north to Pasadena and Alhambra. A Pasadena fire spokeswoman says she received many calls from people who thought there was a fire nearby.