Bee Fire: Wildfire south of where Powerhouse Fire burned grows to 100 acres

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A fire that broke out in Santa Clarita near Bee Canyon, just south of the area where the Powerhouse Fire burned earlier this summer, has so far scorched 100 acres and was 25 percent contained Saturday morning, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

The blaze started for unknown reasons about 4:55 p.m. Friday near San Francisquito Canyon and Los Angeles County Fire Camp 14, according to Firefighter Nathan Judy, spokesman for the USFS.

So far, no injuries were reported, but one small outbuilding was destroyed, Judy said.

Fix-winged aircraft and water-dropping helicopters assisted ground crews from the Forest Service and L.A. County Fire Department in battling the flames on Friday, according to Judy.

"Water dropping helicopters and ground crews fought the fire overnight," Judy said. "The weather helped us out," he added. "The flames laid down overnight and we were able to get about 25 percent containment by this morning."

Earlier news accounts Friday night, which cited county fire officials, erroneously reported the fire was fully contained.

"Last night the fire was only five percent contained," Judy said.

The California Highway Patrol reported San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed between the Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley areas due to the blaze.

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