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UPDATE: Fire erupts in Saugus as high winds hit SCV

Red Flag warning in effect through today, forecasters say

Posted: December 29, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2013 1:55 p.m.

Battalion Chief Tom Stukey of the Los Angeles County Fire Department discusses containment strategies with firefighters during a Sunday morning brush fire off of San Francisquito Canyon Road in Saugus. Signal photo by Jim Holt

SANTA CLARITA - A brush fire blackened some 15 acres of land in Saugus today as Santa Ana winds whipped through Southern California.

The blaze near Lowridge Place, which is just east of San Francisquito Canyon Road near the mouth of the canyon, broke out shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday and burned an estimated 15 acres by 12:20 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters.

By about 12:30 p.m. the fire was fully contained. The California Highway Patrol, which had shut down San Francisquito Canyon Road at Copper Hill when the fire broke out, reopened the road shortly before 1 p.m.

National Weather Service forecasters issued a Red Flag warning and a wind advisory through 10 p.m. Sunday with winds gusting up to 50 mph and relative humidity at 6 percent to 12 percent.

A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected. The Fire Department generally moves extra units into high-fire-hazard areas such as the Santa Clarita Valley during such warnings.

Winds were expected to die down to 10 to 15 mph by Monday with gusts as high as 25 mph. Highs were forecast at about 76 degrees Monday.
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