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UPDATED: Fire continues to burn in Antelope Valley

Some structures destroyed; evacuees allowed to go home

Posted: July 30, 2010 10:34 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2010 11:00 a.m.

UPDATED 11 a.m. Friday:
The Crown fire has burned several structures since last night in the Lazy T Ranch area of the Leona Valley and is threatening several power transmission lines that power Los Angeles County, authorities said.

Firefighters are trying to contain as much of the fire as they can in the morning because temperatures will climb into the 90s this afternoon in the Antelope Valley.

Three mobile homes and one house were destroyed, said fire Inspector Matt Levesque Friday morning. A hay barn and two detached garages were also destroyed and the roof of another house was damaged, he said.

Firefighters are trying to protect several Southern California Edison power lines that are being threatened by the fire, but protecting power lines is dangerous to firefighters, Levesque said.

"Power lines pose a significant threat to aircraft," Levesque said. "We'll do the best we can, but smoke can conduct electricity where the firefighters are."

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday morning, he said.


UPDATED 10:30 a.m. Friday:
The Crown Fire in Acton that broke out yesterday has now scorched about 8,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire officials ordered an evacuation of residents living in southern Palmdale and Leona Valley last night, but residents are now able to go back to their homes. The blaze is about 5 percent contained, according to fire officials.

The Acton fire was first reported yesterday about 2:20 p.m. north of Anthony Road near Highway 14.

A second fire that burned in the Angeles National Forest has been extinguished after charring about 530 acres. The Briggs Fire sparked at about 3 p.m. near 8344 Soledad Canyon Road.

You can find updates on the Crown Fire at


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