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Towsley Fire In Newhall Reaches 100% Containment



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Photo Courtesy of L.A. County Fire Air Operations

The Towsley Fire in Newhall has reached 100% containment Friday after firefighters fully surrounded the wildfire driven by Santa Ana winds.

The brush fire, dubbed the Towsley Fire, broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near the 24200 block of the Old Road, according to Leslie Lua, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“We’re taking it day-by-day and evaluating in the evening,” Lua said, adding firefighters are continuing to snuff out the remaining hot spots.

In about 30 minutes, the Newhall brush fire grew to 50 acres, driven by strong gusts of Santa Ana winds, according to Fire officials.

On the first day, firefighters reached about 10% containment, with the blaze growing to an estimated 167 acres, according to the department.

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Firefighters continued to make progress, with access being the main issue in the isolated area of the Santa Monica Mountains.

By Thursday evening, the Towsley Fire is holding at about 185 acres, with containment increasing to 80%, according to Lua.

The fire was extinguished about 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and crews cleared the scene, said Supervisor Melanie Flores with the fire department.

Multiple firefighting agencies across California battled the blaze including the Angeles National Forest, CalFire, L.A. City as well as Ventura and Orange Counties.

The Santa Ana winds have died down by Friday, with possible rain in the Santa Clarita weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A series of storms are expected to roll into Southern California Friday into Monday, with scattered showers and snow in higher elevations.

Later next week, another storm is expected to bring stronger rain and snow into the Southland, according to the NWS.

Note: This story has been updated with more current information on the Towsley Fire.


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



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Photo Courtesy of the LAFD

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



Photo Courtesy of Oscar Sol

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



Brush Fire

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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