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UPDATE: Brush fire near Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park extinguished

Posted: June 16, 2013 3:38 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2013 3:38 p.m.

A water-dropping helicopter helps firefighters on the ground extinguish a brush fire that burned nearly 1 acre near Templin Hwy early Sunday afternoon. Photo by Rick McClure.


Firefighters knocked down a brush fire near the Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park in less than two hours Sunday afternoon thanks to a swift cooperative effort between two local fire agencies, a fire station captain said.

At about 12:45 p.m., officials with both the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service responded to several reports of smoke seen in the area of the park, east of Interstate 5 and Templin Highway, said Captain Greg Hitchcock of Fire Station #149 in Castaic.

At 2:19 p.m., the fire was out, having burned about three-quarters of an acre.

“We jumped on it quickly,” Hitchcock said. “It was a slow-moving fire, moving against the wind.”

Fire officials from both agencies received several calls when the fire started and immediately gave it a name.

“We’ve had several units telling us they can see smoke,” said Supervisor Cheryl Sims of the county fire department when the fire first started. “We already named it the Hill Incident.”

Firefighters from Fire Station #149 found the fire behind the Burbank Rifle and Revolver Club located in a box canyon just beyond the end of Paradise Ranch Road in Castaic.

They described it as “creeping” towards the mobile home park with light winds out of the west.

“We name it right away so that we can set up a communications plan,” Hitchcock said. “That way, we ensure our communications do not interfere with all the other stuff going on,” he said.


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