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Brush fire threatening homes in Agua Dulce area [Updated]

September 5, 2011 |  4:18 pm

(Photo submitted by KTLA viewer Mercedes)

Firefighters worked Monday afternoon to contain a brush fire that threatened several homes in the Agua Dulce area, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

By 4 p.m. the fire had burned about 500 acres, according to Inspector Matt Levesque, a spokesman for the agency.

“This is still a very dynamic fire, and it’s moving so quickly,” Levesque said.

Roughly 250 firefighters, five helicopters and two water-scooping aircraft were battling the blaze near Vasquez Rocks Park, said Inspector Don Kunitomi. The fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. along Wagon Wheel Road and when firefighters arrived, they found a barn and trailer burning and flames moving quickly into the nearby brush. One person was injured in the blaze, Kunitomi said.

The fire was moving southeast toward Vasquez Rocks Park, Kunitomi said. The department urged residents who lived downwind of the fire to evacuate and those with horses to begin moving them out of the area.

The winds were about 10 to 15 mph, Kunitomi said, but firefighters faced other challenges. "Some of the area where this fire is burning is inaccessible," he said.

[Updated, 5:20 p.m.: Firefighters were also battling a brush fire in the Mandeville Canyon area. Officials described this blaze, at 2200 N. Canyonback Road, as "slow burning." No homes are currently threatened.]


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Photo: Agua Dulce fire. Credit: KTLA News