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Martindale Fire Ignites Near Santa Clarita, 'Forward Progress' Stopped At 300 Acres

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The Martindale Fire broke out northeast of Santa Clarita this afternoon, growing to more than 300 acres in less than two hours.

The fire was spreading quickly through medium brush and seemed to be moving to the southeast, through an area which previously burned in the 2007 Buckweed Fire. Good news came at just before 7 p.m. when authorities reported forward progress on the fire had been stopped.

This fire comes on the heels of a Red Flag Warning that was issued by the National Weather Service in Oxnard over the weekend but is set to expire this afternoon.

Temperatures in the area hovered around the triple digits today, and the area’s been getting hit with wind gusts around 15 mph, with extremely low humidity of around 10%.

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Fire officials quickly responded to the fire with multiple aircraft and reported that some L.A. County firefighters from the Bobcat Fire were redirected.

L.A. County Fire Captain Ron Harrelson said with today's Red Flag Warning, crews were in place right away:

"Units are over there, on the ground, and in the air. We've got our water-dropping helicopters, as well as fixed-wing Super Scoopers, and the ability to drop Phos-CHEK [fire retardant]."

Harrelson said the fire was burning in an area with extremely dry and heavy brush, with some vegetation over six-feet high.

We will have more on this developing story.

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THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 300
  • Containment: 0%
  • Injuries: none
  • Structures destroyed: none
  • Structures threatened: 12
  • Resources deployed:12 aircraft including 5 air tankers, 2 Super Scoopers, and 3 helicopters.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory: From Bouquet Reservoir Dam, south to Mile Marker 11.5.

Warning: Mile Marker 11.5 to Texas Canyon Ranger Station

ROAD CLOSURES

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  • Bouquet Canyon Rd. from Vasquez Canyon north to the reservoir.

AIR QUALITY

  • South Coast AQMD reports unhealthy conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains and unhealthy conditions for senstive groups in the Santa Clarita Valley.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

  • 101 degrees
  • Relative humidity 8%
  • Winds easterly, gusting 10-20 mph.

THE BACKGROUND

The fire broke out shortly before 3 p.m. and rapidly spread to more than 200 acreas. Officials report the origin of the fire as 34577 Bouquet Cyn Rd., northeast of Santa Clarita.

SCENES ON THE GROUND

HOW WE’RE REPORTING ON THIS

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