Firefighters from La Verne and Los Angeles County were battling a slow-moving brushfire Sunday that has charred about 40 acres, authorities said.

The fire — which has burned about 40 acres of medium brush — was reported about 3:10 p..m., according to Los Angeles County fire Capt. Ron Singleton.

Firefighters have the brusher about 50 percent contained as of 7 p.m., the county fire department said.

La Verne police have shut down through traffic on Baseline Road between Fruit Street and Japonica.

Los Angeles County fire was conducting voluntary evacuations from the county area, east of La Verne, police said.

Firefighters are attacking the flames with both ground crews and at least one water-dropping helicopter.

Some homes were threatened by the fire, Singleton said.

–City News Service

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