California Wildfires

Flames Spread From Vehicle Fire to Brush in Angeles National Forest

The Bouquet Fire started as a car fire before flames spread to nearby brush in the forest north of Los Angeles.

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A fire ignited from an overturned vehicle in Bouquet Canyon in the Angeles National Forest has scorched an estimated 50 acres of grass and is now 50% contained.

The fire was first reported about 2 p.m. at Bouquet Canyon and Spunky Canyon roads near the Bouquet Reservoir, north of Santa Clarita, according to the LA County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service.

Water- and retardant-dropping aircraft were in the fire zone, according to the Forest Service. Firefighters are also using wildland fire engines, water tenders and hand crews in their battle against the brush fire.

A SigAlert was issued by the California Highway Patrol and Bouquet Canyon Road was closed for an undetermined amount of time. The SigAlert was canceled around 5:30 p.m. However, Bouquet Canyon Road remained closed. No injuries were immediately reported and no structures were threatened.

Flames spread from the vehicle in an off-road area to nearby brush. Video from NewsChopper4 showed an overturned vehicle on its roof in the canyon.

Details about the apparent crash were not immediately available.

Smoke could be seen from miles around. No structures were threatened.

The fire was reported near Bouquet Reservoir, about 15 miles west of Palmdale.

The Forest Service earlier re-issued restrictions on fire-related activities entering Memorial Day weekend. California is facing a hot and dry summer after one of its driest late winters on record, which left hillsides covered in dry brush that can fuel wildfires.

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