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Soledad Fire Consumes 1,300 Acres Close To Santa Clarita And Palmdale

Brush fire in Southern California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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Sunday at about 3:30 p.m. the Soledad Fire started in the hills between Santa Clarita and Palmdale, burning more than 1,300 acres in a little more than 15 hours.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for an estimated eight homes in the fairly remote area.

Wind gusts up to 20 mph pushed the fire through hard-to-navigate terrain, which prompted an aerial response.

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Overnight, cooler conditions and calmer winds let bulldozer and hand crews gain ground on the fire.

The fire is now 30 percent contained 24 hours after it first started. There's always a chance it could start back up in a big way, but it's looking unlikely at this point.

The source of the fire remains unclear.

Expect high temperatures and strong wind gusts to continue through the end of the week. That means fires should be at the top of your mind (and really they should be through next rainy season).

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