Pine Fire: Brush fire burns 150 acres near Gorman in north LA County

Mop-up work at the Pine Fire in northern Los Angeles County on Friday, March 14, 2014.
Mop-up work at the Pine Fire in northern Los Angeles County on Friday, March 14, 2014.
Los Angeles County Fire Department

A brush fire has broken out in the rural Gorman area of northern Los Angeles County.

The L.A. County Fire Department says the Pine Fire was reported about 1:20 p.m. Friday and quickly grew to 30 acres, according to the Associated Press. The fire is now 150 acres and 35 percent contained, according to the L.A. County Fire Department, and firefighters have stopped the fire's forward progress.

Between three to five homes are in the area near the fire according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, but none were immediately threatened,  Mord said, and no homes have been evacuated. The first line of attack is protecting structures, Mora said.

The main challenge is the natural fuels in the area, Mora said, adding that with any help from the wind the fire can grow fast. The winds were blowing at 10 miles per hour, with gusts up to 15 miles per hour, Mora said.

"We got reports of one acre and it grew to 30 within ​15 minutes. Any wind-aided event with that fuel could potentially be hard for our firefighters to get a hold of. That's why we have a ground and air attack going with that two-alarm fire with all the personnel that are responding."

Mora said that there were 195 personnel on the scene, including 12 engines, eight camp crews, four helicopters, three fixed wings, two dozers and two water tenders. A fixed wing includes two super scoopers, which drop water on fires.

The fire was burning south from Cement Plant Road. The fire broke out south of State Route 138, according to the AP, a sparsely populated area of dry, brown ranch lands.

Fire Inspector Keith Mora tells KCAL-TV that 190 firefighters have been dispatched along with firefighting helicopters and airplanes.

Despite a storm two weeks ago, Southern California has returned to drought conditions.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said there had been evacuations, which was incorrect.

This story has been updated.