Fire near Acton burns more than 500 acres; evacuations ordered [Updated]
A fire near Acton has burned more than 500 acres, prompting a large response from firefighters battling to protect homes.
[Updated at 6:32 p.m.: The fire forced the evacuation of Leona Valley, an unincorporated town of 2,200 people west of Palmdale, said Sam Padilla, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.]
The blaze was reported at 2:22 p.m. near 8334 Soledad Canyon Road. As of 6 p.m., there was no containment of the fire, and officials were trying to keep it from reaching homes in Leona Valley.
Firefighters were also tackling a smaller brush fire that broke out Thursday near the community of Fairmont, west of Lancaster; but no structures were threatened, a county fire inspector said.
The fire was reported about 1 p.m. near Lancaster Road and 215th Street West.
-- Dan Weikel and Richard Winton