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UPDATE: Brush fire quickly extinguished in Canyon Country

One injury reported

Posted: July 25, 2013 1:52 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2013 3:53 p.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter drops water as crews mop up following a brush fire near Sierra Estates Drive and Ridge Vale Drive in Canyon Country on Thursday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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A firefighting inmate was injured and taken to the hospital after helping crews battle a small brush fire in Canyon Country Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

“We had one inmate from our camp crew who was taken to an area hospital,” he said.

Some inmates incarcerated at the Pitchess Detention Center participate in firefighting efforts undertaken by county firefighters.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. today, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department received reports of a brush fire in the area of Via Princessa and Sierra Highway, said Fire Department Inspector Anthony Akins.

The fire, which burned just under an acre of brush, was extinguished at 2:04 p.m.

“We got it as grass fire near a lot at an (apartment) HOA,” Akins said, referring to a homeowners association in the area of Hillsfall Court and Cedar Valley Way just west of Highway 14.

Within five minutes of the call a Fire Department helicopter was seen dumping water on the fire, according to emergency response officials.

One man who called The Signal described the grass fire as moving up a hillside in the area.

Firefighters who arrived at the fire reported it as having started near Ridge Vale Drive.
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