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Brush blaze chars 3 acres

Fire shuts down three freeway lanes on Highway 14 freeway

Posted: August 27, 2009 9:18 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Traffic northbound on Highway 14 freeway backed up from Soldedad Canyon Road until south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road due to a 3-acre fire that came close to the freeway Thursday afternoon and forced the closure of three lanes.

County firefighters made quick work of a brush fire near Agua Dulce Thursday as scorching heat blanketed the Santa Clarita Valley.

A passing motorist reported a fire near Highway 14  freeway about three miles north of Soledad Canyon Road at 3:50 p.m., said Supervisor Bryan Webb with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blaze, which began as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, blackened 3 acres of brush before firefighters knocked it down at about 4:23 p.m., Webb said.

Seven fire engines responded, in addition to water-dropping helicopters and hand crews.

There were no reported injuries and no structures were damaged, Webb said. The cause was under investigation.
With summer unleashing its fury on Southern California in the form of hot, dry weather, fire stations are ramping up their resources and bracing for the possibility of more fires, Webb said.

Three northbound lanes of Highway 14 were closed briefly, and two lanes remained closed at 5:15 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Connolly with the California Highway Patrol.



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