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Sayre Fire Continues to Burn in Santa Clarita Valley, Backfires Set

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Sunday afternoon saw the Sayre Fire reach 35% containment and no further buildings lost, however the blaze did continue to push north through the brush in Santa Clarita. According to local newsradio KHTS's website, "the fire made a run down the hill just after 3:15 p.m., although LA County fire crews say that it did not reach any of the containment lines and it has not prompted additional concerns for them."

To aid in battling the fire, crews set backfires "along the east side of the 14 Freeway near Placerita/Sand Canyon to burn fuel and stop the fire." In addition to the backfires that are burning, a spot fire broke out in Bear Divide, which burned through 25 acres before being controlled by firefighters. Because of this increased fire activity, there has been "a lot of smoke and some flames to be visible from Santa Clarita, but fire officials urge that there is no danger to residents in the Placerita and Sand Canyon areas." Similar backfires were set in the Stevenson Ranch area of the Santa Clarita Valley to help control the flames in that direction. There is a tremendous amount of smoke covering the Valley this evening.

Fortunately, no areas of Santa Clarita have evacuation orders, and all but some residents of Sylmar should be able to return to their homes in the San Fernando Valley.

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