Fires burns 3,000 acres in Kern River Canyon

A fire broke out today in Kern River Canyon near Lake Isabella and quickly spread to over 200 acres within an hour, fire officials said. Over 3,00 acres of brush had burned by 4:00 p.m.

A U.S. Forest Service officials said the fire was 10 percent contained. 

No homes or structures were being threatened.

Recreational sites in the Lower Kern river were given evacuation orders. 

The Old Kern Canyon Road was temporarily closed, while Highway 178 remained open.  

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San Diego Freeway brush fire flares back up

The 10-acre brush fire that scorched the side of the San Diego (405) Freeway in Bel Air Saturday apparently sprang back to life today, forcing firefighters to get back on a hillside, and closing one northbound lane over Sepulveda Pass.

   Motorists driving through the pass called in to report that smoke was rising from a freeway road cut just before 7 a.m., California Highway Patrol dispatchers said.

   The right lane of the five-lane northbound freeway was blocked off just north of the Getty Center interchange at the request of Los Angeles city firefighters at 7:15. The lane remained blocked three hours later.

   A city fire dispatcher said firefighters had remained at the freeway side all night in case such a flare-up erupted.``We're baby sitting this whole thing. We always have flare ups.


Brush fire burns 10 acres near San Diego Freeway [Updated]

A fire burned 10 acres of brush Saturday near the Getty Center before being put out, a city fire official said.

   The fire was reported at 5:01 p.m. along the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Getty Center Drive, said Devin Gales of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

   No structures were damaged, although one in Bel Air Estates was being protected at one point.

   Gales said water-dropping helicopters helped 271 firefighters douse the fire by 7:30 p.m.

   No injuries were reported.


Kern County brush fire forces evacuations

A brush fire has burned about 750 acres in the Lebec area of the Tejon Pass, about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Approximately 120 firefighters from Kern County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, L.A. County and the U.S. Forest Service are on the scene. The fire was reported at 12:15 p.m. No word on containment was available.

Structures are being threatened and residents are currently being evacuated. Evacuees are being sent to Fraizer Mountain High School.

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Firefighters battle 120-acre blaze in Angeles National Forest

Los Angeles County and Angeles National Forest fire crews are responding to a brush fire south of the Big Pines Highway near Largo Vista Road near Valyermo. A Forest Service official says voluntary evacuations had previously been ordered for homes near Big Pines Highway.

Forest officials said the fire was 50 percent contained as of 8:15 p.m. The fire had originally been reported about 3:00 p.m.

One Forest Service firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken collarbone. Officials could not confirm how the firefighter was injured.

Seventeen fire engines, seven air tankers and two water tankers are assisting six hand crews on the scene.

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