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Evacuations ordered in neighborhoods near Montecito hills fire

Approximate location of fire shown in red.

A wildfire burning in the hills above Montecito in Santa Barbara County has prompted a mandatory evacuation of nearby homes and put other residents on notice that they may soon have to leave their neighborhoods, fire officials said.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for homes north of Mountain Drive, east of Hot Springs Road and west of San Ysidro Road, including San Ysidro Lane, authorities said.

Those with homes east of San Ysidro Road and San Ysidro Lane, as well as east of Park Lane West and west of Buena Vista were put on standby for evacuations but warned they too might soon have to leave.

Dubbed the Cold Fire, the blaze broke out around noon and grew to about five acres in less than an hour and was burning uphill in a remote area. 

There were no immediate reports of injuries or homes damaged by flames. Fire officials have asked for air tankers and water-dropping helicopters and one helicopter was already on the scene. 

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Map: Approximate location of fire shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Fire forces evacuation of homes near Montecito

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A fire that broke out shortly before noon in the hills above Montecito in Santa Barbara County has prompted a mandatory evacuation of some nearby homes, fire officials said.

The blaze grew to about five acres in less than an hour and was burning uphill in a remote area. Three  hikers in the area were attempting to walk to safety, officials said.

There were no reports of injuries or of homes damaged by flames.

Fire officials have asked for air tankers and water-dropping helicopters and one helicopter was already on scene.

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Map: Approximate location of fire shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Cajon Pass brush fire again closes lanes on 15 Freeway

Some lanes of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass were again closed Tuesday after a nearby brush fire flared overnight, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol reported early Tuesday that the two right lanes were closed in both directions of the highway, which is the main artery that links Southern California to Las Vegas. It was not known when the roadway would fully reopen.

The lane closures stretched from Blue Cut pass through Kenwood Avenue, the CHP reported.

The Devore fire, which broke out Monday morning, had scorched about 450 acres on either side of the freeway, officials said Monday night. The fire was about 40% contained heading into Tuesday, officials said, and crews hoped to fully contain the blaze by 6 p.m.

The fire prompted mandatory evacuations in the Matthew's Ranch area and forced a complete closure of the freeway for several hours on Monday.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Lanes reopen on 15 Freeway as crews fight Cajon Pass brush fire

Brush fire in the Cajon Pass
North and southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass have been reopened after being shut down because of a brush fire, authorities said Monday evening. 

Three northbound lanes were opened on the busy artery that links Southern California to Las Vegas as firefighters worked to beat back flames that had charred at least 350 acres, officials said.

Two southbound lanes were closed from Blue Cut pass through Kenwood Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said.

The blaze, which broke out Monday morning, triggered mandatory evacuations in the Mathews Ranch area and backed up traffic for miles.

About 450 firefighters were battling the blaze in steep, rugged terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said. Crews on the ground were aided by five air tankers and five water-dropping helicopters.

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Photo: Brush fire burning in the Cajon Pass. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)

Progress made on Cajon Pass fire; part of the 15 Freeway to re-open

Authorities are working to re-open two lanes in each direction of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass, after it was shut down for several hours due to a brush fire.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said fire crews have made enough progress battling the 350-acre blaze to allow for the lanes closest to the center of the freeway to re-open.

"We have made significant progress," Miller said. "While we are not out of the woods, we are definitely in a better place than we were two hours ago."

The fire triggered mandatory evacuations in the Mathews Ranch area and backed up traffic for miles, as authorities shut down the 15 Freeway, a primary artery from Southern California to Las Vegas.

The Devore fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. near the northbound 15 Freeway between the Kenwood Avenue and Cleghorn Road exits.

At least 200 firefighters were on the scene, supported by four helicopters and eight air tankers, with more available if needed, officials said.

The fire was 5% contained, Miller said.

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Fueled by Santa Ana winds and high heat, a fast-moving brush fire consumed more than 200 acres in the Cajon Pass and triggered mandatory evacuations in the Mathews Ranch area, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

The Devore fire closed the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass and also threatened homes in Devore Heights, although mandatory evacuations have not been ordered there, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller.

It broke out shortly before 11 a.m. off the northbound I-15 Freeway between the Kenwood Avenue and Cleghorn exits.

Pushed by 10 mph winds, the fire was burning southeast in steep and rugged terrain, where it was immediately threatening homes in Mathews Ranch Road and could pose a similar problem for residents in Devore Heights, Miller said.

At least 200 firefighters were on scene supported by four helicopters and three air tankers with more available if needed.

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Glendale brush fire forces lane closures on 134 Freeway

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Firefighters responded Tuesday to a brush fire in the hills above the 134 Freeway, just east of the 2  Freeway, officials said.

The fire was reported about 10:48 a.m. in the hills on the opposite side of Glenoaks Canyon, officials said.

Residents on Sleepy Hollow Drive in Glenoaks Canyon were being prepared for possible evacuation, city spokesman Tom Lorenz said.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert as officers prepared to close the third and fourth lanes of the westbound 134 Freeway just east of the 2 Freeway.

Water-dropping helicopters were called to assist with the fire, which has grown to several acres in the Los Angeles-Eagle Rock area adjacent to Glendale, officials said.

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Map: Approximate location of fire shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Red flag wildfire warning extended through 2 p.m. Saturday

CaptureThe National Weather Service has extended a red flag warning for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties because of high winds and low humidity, which have elevated the risk of wildfires.

The warning, first issued at 3 a.m. Thursday, was set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday but has been extended until 2 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

Sustained winds of up to 20 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast, and an additional 150 firefighters have been positioned throughout Los Angeles County as a precaution, said Tony Imprenda, a spokesman for the county fire department.

Teams have been positioned in three areas determined to be at high risk of brush fires -- Angeles Crest, Santa Clarita and Malibu.

A small brush fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the Santa Clarita Valley but was quickly contained by fire crews.

"We had about 20 engines on that thing within 10 minutes," Imprenda said, adding that fire officials believe the worst of the winds came Thursday.

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Firefighters battle brush fire in Santa Clarita Valley

More than 100 firefighters responded to a brush fire Thursday that broke out amid high winds and briefly threatened structures in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The five-acre fire was reported near Soledad Canyon Road and Gladding Way shortly before 2 p.m., Los Angeles County fire officials said.

About 115 firefighters and six aircraft, two of them helicopters, fought the blaze, which was burning to the southeast amid 25 mph winds, gusting to more than 40 mph.

Firefighters have been on high alert all over L.A. County because of fierce Santa Ana winds, which are expected to last through at least Friday.

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Red flag fire warnings issued; 65 mph Santa Ana winds expected

Red flag fire warnings issued in Southern California.
Red flag fire warnings signaling extreme wildland fire conditions have been issued for Southern California counties because of Santa Ana winds of up to 65 mph that are expected to blow across the region.

The National Weather Service has issued the warnings for areas from Ventura to San Diego counties from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it would be staffing additional fire engines and brush patrols near the hills and mountains. Parking restrictions will be in effect on some narrow hillside roads beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, the LAFD said. 

Northeast winds are expected to gust up to 65 mph in mountain areas and up to 45 mph along the coast. Relative humidity could drop into the single digits, according to the weather service.

"These critical fire weather conditions combined with very dry fuels will bring extreme fire danger to the Southland," the agency said in a statement Wednesday. "This will likely be the strongest and most widespread Santa Ana wind event of the season."

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Image: Extreme fire danger explained. Credit: National Weather Service and Stephen T. Coleman


 

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