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UPDATE: Brush fire erupts in Agua Dulce

Blaze doused within an hour

Posted: July 18, 2012 5:37 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:51 p.m.

A hand crew mops up after a fire consumed brush along Soledad Canyon Road in Agua Dulce on Wednesday.

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Quick-acting firefighters doused a brush fire near Agua Dulce on Wednesday after it briefly shut down Soledad Canyon Road.

The fire was reported at 5:10 p.m. south of Soledad at Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Half a dozen firefighting units and more than 115 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze.

Within the hour, fire crews had completely extinguished the blaze.

Early reports relayed to dispatchers described the fire as already having burned half an acre and moving uphill with westerly winds clocked at two to three miles per hour.

Within five minutes of the initial report, the fire had doubled in size to one acre; within the half hour it had doubled again to two acres.

By 5:45 p.m., fire officials were discussing the possibility of evacuating areas near the fire.

“We dispatched 115 personnel for this,” said Fire Department Inspector Brian Riley.

At 6 p.m., fire crews were being called off the fire, and by 6:10 p.m. crews on the scene reported the fire was 100 percent contained.

Angeles National Forest officials requested sheriff’s deputies shut down Soledad Canyon Road north of Agua Dulce Canyon Road due to the fire. The two-lane highway remained closed at 6:30 p.m. Although the fire was out, firefighting equipment was still blocking the road.

The latest fire was in the same general area where 500 acres burned last September.

That fire broke out at a trailer and barn near Wagon Wheel Road off Davenport Road and quickly grew to blacken hundreds of acres across the rural community that includes ranch-style homes.

No structures were lost in that blaze, and no structures were reported threatened in Wednesday’s fire.








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