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Firefighters Douse 100-Acre Fire in Santa Clarita Valley

The blaze burned near where the massive Powerhouse Fire raged earlier this year.

Monday, Aug 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:57 AM PDT
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Crews Douse 100-Acre Fire in Santa Clarita Valley

Associated Press

Fire broke out at a power plant in Sterling this morning.

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Firefighters on Sunday contained a brush fire that scorched about 100 acres in Santa Clarita, near where the massive Powerhouse Fire burned earlier this summer, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The blaze began Friday afternoon near San Francisquito Canyon and Los Angeles County Fire Camp 14, according to USFS spokesman Nathan Judy.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but one small outbuilding was destroyed, Judy said.

Fixed-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 Saturday morning."

The blaze was 100 percent contained by 6 p.m., according to the USFS.

A total of 52 firefighters were assigned to fight the blaze as of Sunday evening, according to the USFS.

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

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The Powerhouse Fire, which began May 30, destroyed 30 structures and charred more than 50 square miles, taking firefighters more than a week to contain.

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