Calgrove fire is nearly contained
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.
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.