Sunday, July 10, 2016

[californiadisasters] Santa Clarita Valley brush fire grows to 1,100 acres with warm and windy conditions on the way

Santa Clarita Valley brush fire grows to 1,100 acres with warm and windy conditions on the way

bout 1,200 firefighters battled rugged terrain and thick dry brush Sunday to contain a fire in the Santa Clarita Valley that grew to more than 1,100 acres overnight, officials said. 

The Sage fire is about 20% contained, said Inspector Gustavo Medina of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No structures have been destroyed and no homes are being threatened at the moment, but the brush fire forced about 2,000 residents to evacuate when it broke out shortly after noon on Saturday.

All of the residents have since been allowed to return to their homes, Medina said.

"We are having to battle with Mother Nature," Medina said. "The winds are blowing and the terrain is challenging. The firefighters are in dense, heavy brush, and after a five-year drought, all this vegetation is prime and ready to burn."

Hot, dry and windy weather could encourage the fire's growth Sunday. The region will see temperatures in the low 90s, about 20% humidity and gusts of up to 30 mph at high altitudes, said Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

On Monday, windy and warm conditions are expected to continue, but there's a chance some wind currents could bring wet ocean air to the area, which would lower temperatures and bring some much needed moisture to the air, Munroe said. 

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze Saturday, Medina said.  

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Medina said, though television news outlets reported that the blaze was started by a car that veered off the road.



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