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Brush fire doused in Agua Dulce

Posted: April 17, 2013 11:25 a.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 6:13 p.m.

A helicopter drops water on the flames and a firefighter labors below during a 4-acre brush fire in Agua Dulce today. No structures were threatened. Photo by Rick McClure

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A brush fire near Agua Dulce burned four acres Wednesday and threatened an area near the Angeles National Forest, fire officials said.

The fire was officially knocked down at 2:07 p.m., a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Shortly after 11 a.m., fire officials received reports of a small brush fire on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of Highway 14 between Soledad Canyon and Agua Dulce canyon roads, said Inspector Al Jackson.

Fanned by steady winds recorded at 7 miles per hour, the fire doubled in size within an hour, officials said.

A united front formed by firefighters from both the county and the Angeles National Forest contained the fire shortly after noon and before it spread to the national forest, as feared.

Shortly after receiving the initial call, county firefighters called in resources including helicopter air support and bulldozers.

The Angeles National Forest response included five fire engines, two patrol units, a water truck and bulldozer, national forest spokesman Nathan Judy said.

Wednesday’s fire-fighting efforts marked the second time in a week that joint efforts brought by both county and Angeles National Forest teams saw multiple resources deployed quickly.

On April 8, winds approaching hurricane force whipped flames through brush, prompting swift reaction from firefighters who halted the blaze after it blackened more than four acres in Bouquet Canyon.
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