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UPDATE: Fire erupts in Valencia

Updates with fire knocked down, road reopened

Posted: June 26, 2012 1:50 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2012 3:11 p.m.

Firefighters mop up after a fire charred brush in the San Francisquito Creek bed in Valencia on Tuesday.


Los Angeles County firefighters knocked down a one-acre brush fire in the San Francisquito Creek bed in Valencia today after sheriff’s deputies closed down Newhall Ranch Road.

The fire was first reported around 1:30 p.m. and was in mop-up phase shortly after 2 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Williams.

The Newhall Ranch Road bridge across San Francisquito Creek remained closed until shortly before 3 p.m., a Sheriff’s Department sergeant said.

Pedestrians as well as drivers were kept away from the fire area as acrid black smoke billowed from under the bridge near Valencia Heritage Park.

About 50 firefighters responded to the brush fire along with five engines, two handcrews, one water tender and two patrol trucks, Williams said.

The battalion chief said he did not know what caused the fire, but its location next to a trail could mean someone was using fireworks — which are illegal in Santa Clarita and surrounding unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Williams said this year could be a bad one in terms of fires because of the dryness of the brush.

“We’re seeing fire behavior in June that we normally see in late August,” Williams said, adding that residents should be sure to clear brush around their homes and be ready to evacuate in case of a fire.





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