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Castaic Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Pitchess Detention Center, Evacuations Lifted

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A Castaic brush fire has broken out near Pitchess Detention Center Wednesday afternoon — reaching over 600 acres — with evacuations now lifted.

The incident, dubbed the North Fire, was reported at about 1:27 p.m. near the 29300 block of The Old Road, according to Henry Narvaez, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

At 10 p.m., the City of Santa Clarita announced all evacuations had been lifted.

Mandatory evacuations were previously ordered in the area north and west of West Hills Drive and north of Iron Village Drive, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The evacuations were also in place north and west of Tesoro Del Valle and north of Copper Hill Drive, according to a station spokesperson.

A third alarm response was requested, with the fire reaching 50 acres by about 3:30 p.m.

Just after 4 p.m., the North Fire nearly doubled in size to about 90 acres, according to the department.

The blaze continued to grow, reaching about 650 acres by 7:50 p.m.

The North Fire was holding at about 650 acres, with 25% containment Wednesday evening, according to the City of Santa Clarita.

Thursday morning, the fire was downgraded from an earlier estimate to 640 acres due to an accurate infrared mapping flight conducted along the perimeter, according to L.A. County Fire.

After a “productive day on the line,” firefighters increased containment of the fire to 50% by 6 p.m. Thursday.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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‘Major Emergency’ Fire At Vacant Sun Valley Supermarket Knocked Down

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A “major emergency” structure fire at a vacant Sun Valley supermarket was knocked down Thursday morning, with arson investigators determining the cause of the blaze. 

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, a fire was reported at a shopping center on the 8000 block of Vineland Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). 

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a one-story, vacant commercial structure with heavy fire showing, Stewart said.

The fire was upgraded to “major emergency” status at about 4 a.m. with over 100 firefighters assigned at the time, according to the spokesperson. 

“Crews deployed master streams and are making progress with no injuries reported,” Stewart said.”Per protocol for an incident of this size, LAFD Arson Section is responding for the investigation.”

Firefighters extinguished the structure fire in one hour and 35 minutes with no injuries reported. 

This will remain an active scene for the duration of the morning and the public is recommended to avoid the area if possible, according to Stewart.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Two Fires Break Out In Newhall Along Sierra Highway

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Two brush fires were reported in Newhall along Sierra Highway Thursday afternoon.

The first blaze, dubbed the Oil Fire, was called in just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday,  near Sierra Highway and Placerita Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

As of 1 p.m., the Oil Fire has reached an estimated one acre in size, according to a department spokesperson. 

About 10 minutes after the first fire, a second blaze was reported just down Sierra Highway near Needham Ranch Road.

The second blaze, called the Needham Fire, reached five acres at about 1:20 p.m., with firefighters “making good progress” on containing the incident.

No structures are currently threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Note: This is a developing news story, check back for updates.

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Soledad Fire Breaks Out North Of Canyon Country

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The Soledad Fire broke out north of Canyon Country Wednesday afternoon after an RV fire spread to the surrounding brush.

The incident, first dubbed the Rock Fire, was reported just before 4 p.m. on the 10600 block of Soledad Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“It is one acre in heavy brush,” Murillo said.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received a report of an RV that was fully engulfed in flames, according to CHP logs. 

Southbound lanes on Soledad Canyon Road are closed for an unknown duration, according to the CHP.

Forward progress was stopped, with the fire held to 1.5 acres, according to Fire officials.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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