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UPDATE: San Francisquito Canyon Road reopens after fire closure

Fire still reported at 100 acres, 50 percent contained

Posted: August 10, 2013 11:15 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2013 6:40 p.m.

A helicopter drops water over a hillside off San Francisquito Canyon Road as the "Bee Fire" burns over Santa Clarita on Friday. Phot by Rick McClure/For The Signal.

The Bee Fire that broke out Friday afternoon north of the Santa Clarita Valley had burned 100 acres as of Saturday evening but did not appear to grow during the day, according to an official with the Angeles National Forest.

Ryan Carey, an information specialist with the Angeles National Forest, said that, as of 6:25 p.m., fire crews had the blaze 50 percent contained.

The fire appeared not to grow much, if at all, during the day Saturday as Stephanie Lavell, a fire information officer with the Angeles National Forest, also estimated the amount of acreage burned at 100 Saturday morning.

“But there is no estimated date of containment at this time,” she said.

Approximately 150 personnel are still on scene to battle the fire, which broke out shortly Friday afternoon off San Francisquito Canyon Road, east of Castaic Lake.

There have been no reports of injuries or structure damage as a result of the fire, according to officials.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said San Francisquito Canyon Road, which had been shut down largely since the fire broke out, re-opened shortly after noon Saturday.

The Bee Fire is burning in the same general area that was charred by the Powerhouse Fire earlier this summer. That fire eventually burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed several houses before fire crews got it under control.
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