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Acton brush fire 30% contained as crews gain headway

May 8, 2012 |  7:15 pm

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Firefighters, aided by a strong air attack, were gaining headway Tuesday evening in their battle to stop a brush fire that threatened homes in Acton.

The blaze was 30% contained as helicopters continued to drop water on flames and crews protected structures that were threatened earlier, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

"Right now, we're getting a handle on this thing," Inspector Quvondo Johnson told The Times.

Metrolink said service was restored in the area. Earlier, lines were closed north of the Via Princessa station. And buses were transferring passengers to the Acton, Palmdale and Lancaster stations, the transit agency said.

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, Johnson said, but about 20 residents voluntarily left their homes and were at an evacuation center at High Desert School.

The main part of the fire had scorched about 35 acres. A smaller spot fire, about 7 acres, burned outside the perimeter after embers were blown by winds, officials said.

For awhile, fixed-wing tankers circled the blaze, but they were released Tuesday evening, Johnson said.

At least one structure, possibly a trailer, was destroyed by the flames. The blaze broke out shortly before 4 p.m. near the 4700 block of West Crown Valley Road.

The cause was under investigation.


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Map shows location of the brush fire. Credit: Paul Duginski/Los Angeles Times