Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles

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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 3:08 AM

(Reuters) - A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday.

The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," was zero percent contained and had spread over 175 acres in Chino Hills, a suburb about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, according to a statement released by the City of Riverside Fire Department.

The fire was first reported in trees around 6 p.m. local time and was expanding rapidly, the statement said.

No injuries have been reported.

About 245 firefighters were battling the blaze, it said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere. Editing by Jane Merriman)