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Acton fire investigated: Structures destroyed in 125-acre blaze

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Courtesy NBC-LA

A fire in Acton, CA burned 125-acres on May 8, 2012.

With an aggressive air response, firefighters were able to fully contain a blaze in Acton on Tuesday that consumed 125 acres, including several structures and cars.

The northern Los Angeles County wildfire started burning around 4 p.m., said Supervising county fire dispatcher Robert Diaz. Low humidity and gusty winds in the region contributed to the quick speed of the fire's spread.

As of 6:30 p.m., firefighters believed they had "stopped the fire in its tracks" for now, according to L.A. County Fire Captain Mark Savage. Metrolink re-opened tracks north of Via Princess "at restricted speeds" and was making stops to Lancaster, according to its Twitter feed.

Contained by nightfall, fire officials allowed residents who were evacuated earlier in the day to return home that evening. Diaz said firefighters remained on the scene near West Crown Valley Road to monitor hot spots overnight. 


Fire mired morning commuters on the 118 freeway

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Photo by Kent Kanouse via Flickr Creative Commons

Sesnon Fire 2008: Photo from Santa Susana Pass looking west from the Rocky Peak exit of the 118 Freeway (October 13, 2008)

Three to five acres of brush burned along the westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway this morning near Chatsworth and the border of Simi Valley.

L.A. County Fire Department responders were deployed in trucks and water-dropping helicopters, drowning out the destruction in under an hour, according to officials.

Traffic delays continued through the morning as crews cleaned up after the morning mess. Freeway lanes reopened before noon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire was first reported at 9:04 a.m. and extinguished just before 10 a.m., said a spokesperson. No structures were damaged or threatened, and the cause of the blaze has not been determined.