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UPDATE: Bee Fire fully contained

Posted: August 11, 2013 1:44 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2013 1:44 p.m.

After 48 hours and 100 scorched acres near Castaic Lake, the Bee Fire has been extinguished, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest said.

“The Bee Fire burned 100 acres and is 100 percent contained,” said Nathan Judy.

“Crews finished up completing hand-lines today and everything is looking good,” he said mid-afternoon Sunday.

The Bee Fire broke out Friday afternoon north of the Santa Clarita Valley.

More than 50 firefighters continued to battle the Bee Fire Sunday, reporting they had it 70 percent contained, Angeles National Forest spokeswoman Stephanie Lavell said Sunday morning.

No injuries have been reported and no structures threatened, she said.

Fire officials reported Saturday afternoon that the fire did not appear to be growing and by Sunday morning the fire still had not advanced. The Bee Fire was 50 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

By Sunday morning, fire officials cut the number of firefighters deployed at the brush fire by two-thirds, leaving 52 in place.

Water-dumping helicopters that had been helping with the firefighting efforts Saturday were called off Sunday, Lavell said.

Roads remained closed near the intersection of San Franciscquito Canyon Road and Bee Road, Lavell said.

The Bee Fire burned in the same general area that was charred by the Powerhouse Fire earlier this summer. That fire eventually burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed several houses before fire crews got it under control.


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