3 New Fires: Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Clarita, San Bernardino National Forest [Updated]
Three new fires broke out tonight, all in separate areas of the greater Los Angeles region.
The largest of the three is the Cottonwood Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. Located between Hemet and Idyllwild, the 400-acre blaze that began at 5:13 p.m. is 5 percent contained, said Forest Service Fire Information Officer Norma Bailey. "Right now air support is down for the night, but hand crews and engines are on duty," she explained. A voluntary evacuation is in effect for the Bee Canyon area where about 12 homes are located.
Bailey said it's spreading a moderate pace, but has slowed down as the night settled in.
At about 8 p.m., another fire broke out near or in the Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes by Paseo del Mar and Ocean Trails Drive. It's at 5 acres with light pushing it, according to LA County Fire officials over the phone. An hour into the fight, officials raised it to a 3rd alarm fire. [Update, 9:30 p.m.: The fire has reportedly burned two homes, according to KTLA] [Update, 11 p.m.: An evacuation center has been set up, more info here]
Shortly before 9 p.m., LA County Fire announced a new brush fire in the Canyon Country neighborhood of Santa Clarita located at the 14 Freeway and Soledad Canyon. Earlier today, a fire in the same area was lit and knockedown around 4:22 p.m. It prompted some lane closures on the freeway and left a couple firemen with heat exhaustion. [Update, 11:40 p.m.: The fire was knockedown, says LA County Fire]