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Fire near Acton burns more than 500 acres; evacuations ordered [Updated]

July 29, 2010 |  6:31 pm

A fire near Acton has burned more than 500 acres, prompting a large response from firefighters battling to protect homes.

[Updated at 6:32 p.m.: The fire forced the evacuation of Leona Valley, an unincorporated town of 2,200 people west of Palmdale, said Sam Padilla, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.]

The blaze was reported at 2:22 p.m. near 8334 Soledad Canyon Road. As of 6 p.m., there was no containment of the fire, and officials were trying to keep it from reaching homes in Leona Valley.

Firefighters were also tackling a smaller brush fire that broke out Thursday near the community of Fairmont, west of Lancaster; but no structures were threatened, a county fire inspector said.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. near Lancaster Road and 215th Street West.

-- Dan Weikel and Richard Winton