Firefighters gain upper hand on LA brush fires

Firefighters have gotten the upper hand on two brush fires that briefly threatened homes north of Los Angeles and disrupted traffic on heavily traveled Interstate 5.

The fires that broke out Friday are near the city of Santa Clarita and to the northeast near ranch properties in the Acton area.

Los Angeles County fire Capt. Sam Padilla says the 40-acre Santa Clarita fire threatened about 30 homes, but no active flames are now showing.

Some 200 firefighters and a half-dozen aircraft worked the blaze. Padilla says the Acton fire was fully contained at eight acres. No injuries or damage was reported. The cause of the fires is under investigation.

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