A blaze broke out at about 9 p.m. Tuesday night near a Palmdale residential development and quickly burned up hillsides. Within two hours, it was holding at 250 acres, but Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said wind would be a crucial factor in putting the blaze out completely. Alex Calder reports from NewsChopper4 and Janet Kwak from Palmdale for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 3, 2012.
A brush fire in the hillsides southwest of central Palmdale quickly grew to 200 acres Tuesday night, but was knocked down by midnight.
The three-alarm fire was reported just after 9 p.m., a Los Angeles County Fire Department official said.
No structures were threatened and no evacuations had been ordered. After it initially began burning quickly, the fire was moving northwest, away from homes.
"We have, I believe, turned the corner on this," fire department Capt. Mark Savage said shortly after 11 p.m. "However, the X-factor is the 30 mph winds we're dealing with. Until this thing is dead out, everyone needs to pay attention."
Fire official reported the blaze out just before midnight. They said about 200 acres had burned, though earlier reports had said 250 acres.
The reporting address was given in the 37000 block of Magnolia Lane (map), which is on the edge of a residential develop called The Groves. Ritter Ranch Park, a 4,000 acre wildland area in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, is about 1 mile southwest of the location.
More than 200 firefighters came to the scene, and the fire department appeared to be using three water-dropping helicopters to fight the blaze, which is unusual for a nighttime fire.
Local residents on Twitter reported seeing the blaze from afar, and aerial video showed dramatic footage of a fire appearing to burn up a ridgeline.
A fairly strong wind was pushing smoke from the fire toward central Palmdale, aerial video showed.