Brush Fire 65 Percent Contained in Northern LA Co.

The fire was reported at mid-day east of the 5 Freeway in the Gorman area

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Saturday, Mar 15, 2014  |  Updated 11:24 AM PDT
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    A brush fire that broke out in northern Los Angeles County Friday was holding at 109 acres Saturday morning, fire officials said.

    The fire was reported on the south side of Highway 138 near Quail Lake (map), an artificial lake east of the 5 Freeway near Gorman. The body of water provides storage for the California aqueduct system.

    Preliminary acreage estimates indicated the fire burned 30 acres. By 4:30 p.m., the blaze scorched 150 acres and was 35 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    By Saturday morning, the fire was 65 percent contained and was holding at 109 acres.

    Old Ridge Route south of Highway 138 was closed because flames crossed the road.

    At least two water-dropping aircraft responded to the scene.

    Details regarding the types of structures near the fire were not immediately available, but officials said there was a time early in the fire's burning that structures were threatened.

    The fire is burning at the start of what could be a weekend of record high temperatures and dry conditions.

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