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UPDATE: Fire shuts down San Francisquito Canyon Road

Blaze started near where Powerhouse Fire broke out earlier this year

Posted: August 9, 2013 5:48 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 7:19 p.m.

The "Bee Fire" burns off San Francisquito Road north of Santa Clarita on Friday.

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A brush fire burning north of the Santa Clarita Valley shut down San Francisquito Canyon Road late Friday afternoon and scorched 80 acres after erupting near where the Powerhouse Fire started in late May.

The fire was first reported at 5:20 p.m. near Camp 14 on San Francisquito Canyon Road south of Green Valley, said L’Tanga Watson, a fire information officer with the Angeles National Forest.

Crews on scene were conducting water drops, Watson said.

“We do have structures threatened at this time,” she said at 6:45 p.m. Unofficial reports indicated some evacuations had been carried out, but it was unclear if they were voluntary or involuntary.

The fire remained uncontained as of 7 p.m., according to Cheryl Sims, a supervising fire dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Sims said crews on scene of the fire were conducting structure protection in the area.

The fire, dubbed the “Bee Fire,” was burning in the same area as the 30,274-acre Powerhouse Fire that forced evacuations and burned structures in Lake Hughes earlier this summer.

California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said hard closures have been issued for the road as crews work to get a handle on the blaze.
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