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Firefighters working to contain Santa Clarita brush fire

August 31, 2010 |  4:20 pm
A brush fire that had blackened about 10 acres in the Santa Clarita area was 40% contained Tuesday afternoon as fire crews were working to douse remaining hot spots, officials.

The blaze was burning in steep terrain near Pico Canyon and Whispering Oaks roads, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The blaze was being fought by about 200 firefighters and four water-dropping helicopters, including a large tanker craft that holds up to 2,200 gallons of water, said Inspector Frederic Stowers.

The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and was apparently caused by an accident involving one vehicle, officials said. The driver was taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown.

-- Robert J. Lopez