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UPDATED: Fire in Porter Ranch burns away from SCV

Posted: October 13, 2008 2:55 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A view to the northwest shows Tampa Avenue in the foreground and smoke from fire burning on the hillside north of Sesnon Avenue, near its intersection with Tampa. The homes in the foreground in the Porter Ranch Estates gated community were not immediately threatened, according to an eyewitness who was evacuated from the area.

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UPDATED 5:50 p.m.
Firefighters continue battling a brushfire above the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley, which started mid-morning Monday.

The blaze has quickly grown to 2,000 acres, as wind blew up to 45 mph, with gusts reaching 70 mph.

"It is a blowtorch we can't get in front of," said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Frank Garrido.

Los Angeles Police Department officers called for mandatory evacuation of neighborhoods near the blaze.

The fire is burning southwest, away from the Santa Clarita Valley, fanned by winds from the north.

More details soon here on The-Signal.com.

Meanwhile, click here for the latest from Associated Press.

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