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UPDATE: Magic Mountain fire doused after blackening 149 acres

Fire officials say no evacuations required for Six Flags Magic Mountain, local schools

Posted: May 28, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2013 6:35 p.m.

Smoke billows near Six Flags Magic Mountain in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre.

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A brush fire burned close to Six Flags Magic Mountain and West Ranch High School Thursday, but neither was evacuated during the afternoon blaze that blackened 149 acres.

The fire was extinguished by 6 p.m.

“We’ll be mopping up with crews on scene ... throughout the night,” said Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, adding there was no report of injuries.

“We had the (West Ranch High) School on standby,” he said. “But there were no evacuations.”

Patrons of Magic Mountain and students at West Ranch and Rancho Pico Junior high schools reported seeing columns of black smoke in the area west of Six Flags.

Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman at William S. Hart Union High School District, said officials were in constant contact with sheriff’s and Fire Department officials regarding “the fire burning near Magic Mountain, in sight of our two schools.”

“We are on alert and ready to evacuate if authorities tell us it is necessary,” Pinsker said. “The safety of our students and staff are our No. 1 priority.”

A spokeswoman for Six Flags Magic Mountain said the fire did not affect the park, which also was not evacuated.

“We are working closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department to provide access to the area,” said Sue Carpenter.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., when the fire was first reported, it had burned two acres near the amusement park, prompting a joint-agency response by Los Angeles city and Los Angeles County air support, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Two firefighting helicopters were pressed into action — one from the county, the other from Los Angeles.

By 11:40 p.m., the fire was reported to have burned three acres. By noon it was reported to have blackened at least 10 acres and it grew rapidly through the afternoon. The final acreage count provided by the Fire Department on Tuesday was 149 acres.

Carpenter said winds were gusting to over 50 mph in the area. Wind direction changed in the early afternoon, pushing the fire toward the interstate and away from any structures, officials said.
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