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Wildfire burning near East Los Angeles

EAST LOS ANGELES (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Firefighters are battling a wildfire in the hills of East Los Angeles.

Now three men have been arrested on suspicion of recklessly causing the blaze by throwing paper in a camp fire.          

The fire has already destroyed at least five homes and thousands of residents have been told to evacuate.

The 1,700 acre fire is now 30-percent contained.