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Firefighters launch aggressive air attack in Acton brush fire

May 8, 2012 |  6:21 pm

Acton brush fire burned at least one structure
Firefighters were mounting an aggressive air attack to beat back flames Tuesday evening as a brush fire threatened homes in the Acton area.

No evacuations had been ordered in the blaze, which had scorched about 40 acres near Soledad Canyon Road. At least one structure, possibly a trailer, had been burned, officials said.

Five water-dropping helicopters were making repeated assaults on the flames, which were being fanned by winds up to 15 mph, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. 

The agency had requested fixed-wing aircraft from the U.S. Forest Service. The tankers were circling the blaze Tuesday evening while the helicopters made repeated drops, officials said.

 "We have a very aggressive air attack going on," Inspector Quvondo Johnson told The Times.

On the ground, nearly 400 firefighters were battling the blaze. Fire engines were positioned in front of structures as firefighters blasted flames with water.

Bulldozer crews were cutting breaks along the flanks of the fire, officials said. The flames were burning in medium-to-heavy brush.

Metrolink said train lines were closed north of the Via Princessa station. Buses were transferring passengers to the Acton, Palmdale and Lancaster stations, the transit agency said.

Southbound lanes on Soledad Canyon Road were also closed at West Crown Valley Road, the California Highway Patrol said. Northbound lanes of the road were closed at the Santa Clara River.


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Photo: Flames burn structure in Acton brush fire. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5