Cal­grove fire is nearly con­tained

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Veron­ica Rocha and Joseph Serna

A 415- acre brush f ire in Santa Clarita that forced hun­dreds of peo­ple to f lee their homes was 95% con­tained Thurs­day night, of­fi­cials said.

Two f ire teams were ex­pected to work through­out the night to fully sur­round the Cal­grove f ire, near the 5 Free­way, Los An­ge­les County f ire of­fi­cials said. Crews dug out a line around the f ire to stop it from fur­ther spread­ing.

The blaze had ex­ploded from three acres to about 350 in just a few hours late Wed­nes­day. For a short time that day, 1,000 res­i­dents near Cal­grove Boule­vard were told to evac­u­ate their homes be­fore ul­ti­mately be­ing al­lowed to re­turn in the evening.

Crews across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia bat­tled f lames in hot tem­per­a­tures and wind gusts up to 20 mph, said Na­tional Weather Ser­vice se­nior fore­caster An­drew Rorke.

A marine layer is ex­pected to bring cooler, moist air across the re­gion over the week­end, Rorke added. There could be thun­der­storms, he said, but it’s also pos­si­ble that there could be dry light­ning strikes that could spark new fires.

Al Seib

COUNTY FIRE CAPT. Ritchie Sal­is­bury ex­am­ines the burned hill­side of the Hid­den Val­ley neigh­bor­hood in Santa Clarita. The Cal­grove f ire, near the 5 Free­way, forced the evac­u­a­tion of 1,000 res­i­dents on Wed­nes­day, though they were al­lowed to re­turn that evening.

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