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Rustic Canyon fire grows to more than 30 acres

Fire officials were working with park rangers Saturday afternoon to locate groups of hikers who, although not in the immediate area of a brush fire burning in Rustic Canyon, feared they were threatened, authorities said.

As of 3:30 p.m., the fire had grown to more than 30 acres in brush land. The fire was 10% contained and spreading at a slow to moderate rate.

According to a written news alert from Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, the hikers were “remote" from the fire but “feel threatened.”

At least 156 fire personnel, four water-dropping helicopters and two Super Scooper planes leased to Los Angeles County were assigned to the fire, which began about 12:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Rustic Canyon Road, authorities said. By  3:30 p.m, the blaze had ignited more than 30 acres of brush in and near Topanga State Park, according to Humphrey.

Authorities said no homes were immediately threatened and there were no formal evacuations. A group of 100 campers and staff at Camp Josepho, near the top of the Sullivan Canyon fire road, “are sheltered in place and not in harm’s way,” Humphrey said.

When the fire started, temperatures were about 100 degrees and there were calm winds with about 16% humidity, according to fire officials. By 2:10 p.m., the temperature had reached 105 degrees.


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-- Ann M. Simmons

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