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UPDATE: Fire knocked down in Castaic

Posted: July 30, 2012 3:41 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 3:41 p.m.

Flames burn brush in the hills above Lake Hughes Road as seen from the intersection with Ridge Route Road in Castaic on Monday.

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Los Angeles County firefighters, with the help of water-dropping fire helicopters, knocked down a four-acre brush fire in Castaic on Monday afternoon.

The fire was contained near Lake Hughes Road, near the water treatment plant, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mark Savage. The fire was knocked down about 2:15 p.m., although crews were still mopping up at 3:10 p.m.

There were no injuries, no evacuations and no structures threatened by the fire, Savage said. Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire Monday afternoon.  

“Our information is that it was near a model airplane field,” Savage said, adding that there’s no indication the fire was started by a model airplane.

The fire was first reported as a small spot fire around 1:42 p.m., Savage said.

By 1:53 p.m., the fire had grown to a half-acre in size and was burning in light brush, the official said. Two Los Angeles County Fire helicopters had been sent to the scene and one Los Angeles City Fire helicopter was waiting on standby for more assistance.

About 85 personnel had been sent to the scene of the fire, the official said.


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