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Winds fuel small canyon fire

A downed transformer was likely culprit

Posted: May 22, 2008 1:49 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Firefighters rushed to contain a 10-acre brush fire burning in the U.S. National Forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley and south of Elizabeth Lake on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Powerhouse Lateral 14 Wednesday afternoon.

As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze was 5 percent contained.

According to Inspector Frank Garrido of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, strong winds caused a transformer to be pulled down shortly after 3:15 p.m., causing an explosion and igniting a fire in the immediate vicinity.

Garrido stated that the fire was travelling north and uphill.

Fire Station 73 in Newhall and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire in a unified command, with more than 100 personnel, six engines, four helicopters and three camp crews.

Garrido added that fire crews had not shut down San Francisquito Canyon Road Wednesday afternoon.


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