Fire Ignites in Windy Angeles National Forest

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    Flames from the Bee Fire in the Santa Clarita area of the Angeles National Forest burn toward power lines on Aug. 9, 2013.

    A brush fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest Friday, burning toward powerlines and shutting down a roadway between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

    Dubbed the "Bee Fire," the fire was burning in heavy brush in the 35700 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road, about 5 miles east of Castaic Lake, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    It had consumed 80 acres by 7 p.m., and was 15 percent contained late Friday.

    The department said crews were making "good progress" on the blaze, likely aided by cool, moist weather.

    A forecast for the area called for temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees, with humidity reaching 60 to 70 percent overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.

    Winds of 6 to 12 mph were expected near the fire, with gusts up to 18 mph.

    San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, according to a tweet from the California Highway Patrol Southern Division.

    Crews are providing structure protection for buildings near the Bee Fire, LA County Fire Department said. At least one structure burned, pictured below, apparently sparked by the Bee Fire.

    About 100 firefighters and multiple water-dropping helicopters are battling the fire, the latest to erupt in Southern California during what has become a busy and dangerous fire season.

    Also Friday, the destructive Silver Fire burned for a third day.

    The Bee Fire is burning just south of where the Powerhouse Fire scorched more than 30,000 acres in May.

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