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(LOS ANGELES) — Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with a brush fire that destroyed close to 2,000 acres of land 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

County fire officials said that the suspects were camping in the Angeles National Forest and that one of the men admitted they had been burning paper in a campfire Thursday morning, which quickly got out of control.

Clifford Eugene Henry, Jonathan Carl Jarrell and Steven Robert Aguirre, all in their early 20s, were charged with recklessly starting a fire.  The three are each being held on $500,000 bail.

The fire, which burnt at least 1,700 acres by late afternoon, forced the evacuation of close to 900 homes in Glendora and Azusa.  Five houses were reported destroyed and 17 structures damaged.

At least 700 firefighters and 100 engines struggled to contain the blaze in the area but managed to stop its forward progress.  The drier-than-usual winter contributed to the brush fire.

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