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UPDATE: Hungry Valley fire estimated at 600 acres; slows spread rate

Posted: June 23, 2012 1:47 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2012 6:04 p.m.


A fire that erupted in the Hungry Valley area shortly after noon today had charred an estimated 600 acres by about 6 p.m., an observer said.

Fire personnel on the scene called for water and MREs, or Meals, Ready-to-Eat, as they prepared for a long night working to surround the wildfire.

The fire started at 12:20 p.m. about a quarter of a mile away from Hungry Valley Road and Gold Hill Road in a remote area favored by off-roaders.

The fire started in a grassy area, moved into chaparral and was burning into some forested area by about 4:30 p.m. Most of the fire was in Ventura County, and California Highway Patrol officials reported no impact on Interstate 5 traffic.

Firefighters had to hike in to the fire, as roads are scarce in the area. Much of the firefighting was being conducted by helicopters and air tankers dropping water and fire retardant.

Los Angeles County and city fire departments, Ventura and Kern county fire departments, and the United States Forest Service were all engaged in the battle.

The fire was reported moving in a southerly direction but had slowed its progress by 4:30 p.m. as light winds pushed it back into itself. No structures were threatened; the closest development to it was the Hard Luck Campground.

At least three Santa Clarita Valley fire stations responded to the blaze.




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