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Crown Fire Continues to Burn in Northern L.A. County

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Of the three fires ignited in northern Los Angeles County on Thursday afternoon, one remains a threat as it continues to grow. The Crown Fire has scorched some 8,000 acres between Acton and the Palmdale/Lancaster area. The fire was first reported at 2:22 p.m. and may have started in a vacant lot where "workers were apparently using a hammer to extract nails from tire rims," according to the LA Times.

Currently contained at 5 percent and driven by wind, there is no estimate when full containment will be reached. Thousands of mandatory evacuations were ordered last night, but they were later rescinded, according to the L.A. County Fire Department. Nine structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Of the two other fires reported yesterday afternoon, one -- the Briggs Fire south of the 14 Freeway -- is under control and the other was knocked down.