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Posted: June 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Acton resident Bill Boyd wets down the brush around his Hubbard Road property and mobile home after fire burned his 1984 Chevrolet truck and tool shed in a 100 acre brush fire in Acton on Thursday.

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By Signal Staff

A wildfire blackened 100 acres in Acton on Thursday, burning through brush up to six feet high, forcing evacuations and destroying a small shed and one car.

Firefighters responding to a call of downed power lines at 11 a.m. near 6780 Hubbard Canyon Road found an acre of brush ablaze, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque.

More than 230 firefighters battled the blaze, which threatened residences and forced the evacuation of 30 to 40 homes as it spread. The fire was knocked down around 3 p.m., county Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said.

The fire was contained before it could approach any of the scattered homes surrounding the 6000 block of Hubbard Canyon Road, fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said.

Four helicopters, 18 engine companies, eight camp crews and water tankers were on hand to protect the threatened homes.
“They’re trying to create a perimeter with all of these homes on 5-acre lots,” Levesque said about 90 minutes into the battle. “They’re hopscotching from house to house, protecting the homes that are threatened.”

Fire investigators were also on scene looking into the downed power line report they were initially responding to, but the cause of the fire had not been determined late Thursday, fire dispatchers said.

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