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Fast-moving brush fire erupts in Los Padres National Forest

September 3, 2012 | 12:19 pm

Fire crews were responding Monday to a fast-moving wildfire that broke out in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County and scorched at least 10 acres.

The blaze was burning in the vicinity of Boy Scout Camp Road in the Lockwood Valley area in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Two air tankers, a water-dropping helicopter and number of fire engines and hand crews from the Forest Service and Kern County Fire Department were responding to the fire, said Andrew Madsen, spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest.

"We've got a full response on this," he told The Times.

Smoke from the fire, which erupted shortly after 11 a.m., could be seen from miles away. Los Angeles County Fire Department units initially responded and reported seeing smoke from the Castaic area. But those fire crews returned to their station after reporting that the blaze was deep in the Los Padres National Forest.

The fire broke out as hundreds of firefighters were deployed battling a 4,000-acre blaze in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa. The Williams fire was about 5% contained and forced officials to evacuate residents and campers and shut down the popular San Gabriel Canyon to Labor Day visitors.


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