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Two spot fires doused

Both fires small, but flare up one day prior to anticipated heat wave

Posted: July 7, 2008 5:27 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2008 5:03 a.m.
With a heat wave knocking on the Santa Clarita Valley's door, county fire crews rushed to extinguish two small brush fires near Placerita Canyon on Monday, the county Fire Department reported. Both fires were smaller than one acre in size.

The first fire erupted shortly after 11:30 a.m. at 23485 Wildwood Canyon Road near the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 14, and was put out in less than 20 minutes. The fire was reportedly started by brush clearance.

Another brush fire reportedly 40 foot-by-40-foot in size, erupted just before 12:30 p.m. a few miles away on the Placerita Canyon Road off-ramp of southbound Highway 14. The small blaze prompted fire crews to close the right lane of the freeway and affected southbound traffic, according to county fire officials.

There were no reported injuries or structure damage.

Both blazes flared up one day prior to an impending heat wave in the Santa Clarita Valley, potentially increasing the risk of wildfires in the area. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures topping out in the triple digits for five consecutive days. The service issued an excessive heat watch Monday that will remain in effect through Thursday evening.


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