Crews battle Acton brush fire; at least 40 acres and several structures burned

A fire in Acton has been burning since 4 p.m., taking out more than 40 acres.
A fire in Acton has been burning since 4 p.m., taking out more than 40 acres.
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As of 6:30 p.m., firefighters say they believe they have "stopped the fire in its tracks" for now, according to L.A. County Fire Captain Mark Savage. Metrolink has re-opened tracks north of Via Princess "at restricted speeds" and will make all stops to Lancaster, according to its Twitter feed.

County fire crews remain on the scene of the brush fire. It has now scorched 40 acres and at least one structure, according to the L.A. County Fire Department. NBCLA is reporting a mobile home and building, as well as two storage sheds and two vehicles have so far been consumed in the blaze.

Savage told KPCC there are currently no mandatory evacuations in place, but he cautions those nearby should be prepared as winds pick up – especially those with animals.

The fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. and has been spreading from its point of origin on the 4700 block of West Crown Valley Road since.

Savage said that several structures have now been hit, and a number of mobile homes are under threat. He said the department quickly went immediately to a second alarm, then to a third. "It was moving up pretty quick when we got there and it's continued to grow," he said. There are currently 375 firefighters assisting in the effort, according to Savage.

"We're putting engines at every home we can," said Savage, "It's a combined effort with many resources. We're currently trying to pinch the fire off but it's flicking ahead of us," he said.

The fire department is assisting in an evacuation of area residents, and asking anyone nearby to secure their homes, close windows and doors, and to move out of harm's way.

Metrolink initially closed its tracks north of Via Princess station, but has opened them up as fire crews gained control.

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