[Updated] 2 brush fires break out near Antelope Valley Freeway

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are fighting at least two brush fires in the northern part of the county near the Antelope Valley Freeway. Evacuations have been ordered for residents near the Crown Fire in Agua Dulce.

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Evacuations ordered for residents near Crown Fire

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered on South Elizabeth Lake Road from 90th Street West to Grant Center Drive and on Bouquet Canyon Road between Spunky Canyon Road to Elizabeth Lake Road, says Inspector Matt Levesque of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

An evacuation center has been set up at Agua Dulce Elementary School, 11311 Frascati Street, in Agua Dulce.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has also requested four additional fixed wing air tankers to deal with the growing blaze.

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KPCC wire services

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Fires consume over 1,000 acres

Two brush fires broke out today just a few miles apart near the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway between Agua Dulce and Acton, burning a total of nearly 1,000 acres.

Both fires were reported just before 3 p.m.

The "Crown Fire,'' burned more than 700 acres of brush north of Sierra Highway near Anthony Road, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque, adding that there were 200 firefighters at the scene, where the blaze was continuing to burn north.

"We were told some structures were threatened, but at this time none have been lost,'' Levesque said. "No evacuations at this time.''

The other blaze, the "Briggs Fire,'' was burning south of the 14 Freeway at Indian Canyon Truck Trail and Briggs Road, said Sonia Valdivia of the Angeles National Forest.

By 6 p.m., more than 250 acres had burned, Valdivia said.

It was unknown whether any structures were threatened in the area. Early reports indicated a fire camp was evacuated because of the growing brush fire.

KPCC wire services

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Two brush fires broke out today on both sides of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Agua Dulce, prompting the evacuation of a nearby fire camp, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla.

One brush fire north of Sierra Highway at Anthony Road near Agua Dulce has grown to about 30 acres. The fires were reported just before 3 p.m.

Padilla said around 100-200 personnel are on the scene. No information was available regarding any threat to homes or structures.

Another brush fire a few miles to the southeast, just south of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Soledad Canyon Road has grown to about 20 acres.

"The fire on the east side of the 14 is threatening fire camp 11,'' Padilla said. "They're evacuating now.''

A brush fire had broke out earlier today near the community of Fairmont, west of Lancaster, but no structures were threatened, a county fire inspector said.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. near Lancaster Road and 215th Street West, said Inspector Fred Stowers of the county fire department.

By mid afternoon it had grown to about 30 acres, he said. Officials could not confirm its full containment.

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