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BRUSH FIRES MAR JULY 4.



Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer

PALMDALE - Firefighters throughout the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.

The Antelope Valley
 were recovering Saturday from one of the busiest holidays they have had in years, officials said.

Illegal fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
fireworks

Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to
 were blamed for dozens of fires that kept firefighters busy well into the early-morning hours Saturday. One fire forced the evacuation of a Palmdale neighborhood.

``I went up onto the freeway, and, honestly, I have never seen a city light up like that,'' said Los Angeles County Fire Department Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La
 Capt. Jerry Meehan. ``The whole city of Palmdale was just lit up with fireworks.''

Firefighters were called out to the neighborhood behind Highland High School Highland High School or Highlands High School may refer to:

In the United States:
  • Highland High School (Gilbert, Arizona)
  • Highland High School (Bakersfield, California)
  • Highland High School (Palmdale, California)
 about 9:45 p.m. Friday, and, on their arrival, they were greeted with flames dangerously close to several homes.

More than a half-dozen families had already been evacuated by the sheriff's deputies, but other residents stayed behind, using garden hoses to keep the fire from reaching their homes.

A bulldozer was used to cut a fire line behind the homes. This aided firefighters in the battle, and the five-acre blaze was contained within minutes.

In just over 30 minutes, the blaze was extinguished ex·tin·guish  
tr.v. ex·tin·guished, ex·tin·guish·ing, ex·tin·guish·es
1. To put out (a fire, for example); quench.

2. To put an end to (hopes, for example); destroy. See Synonyms at abolish.

3.
, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. Nearly 100 personnel assisted in fighting the blaze, and firefighters say the only property damage was a burned wooden fence.

Minutes later, firefighters were called back to the same neighborhood when fires broke out in the Highland High School campus and in a field directly across from that field. Each of the fires was believed to have been caused by illegal fireworks.

``That whole area got peppered with fires,'' Meehan said. ``Most of the fires were caused by stuff going into the air, bottle rockets and such.''

People awaiting the start of Palmdale High School's fireworks display were holding their own display with illegal fireworks, and, as a result, a field at Avenue R, west of 25th Street East, directly across from the school caught fire.

Fire crews had the blaze out Verb 1. blaze out - move rapidly and as if blazing; "The spaceship blazed out into space"
blaze

take off, start out, set forth, set off, set out, start, depart, part - leave; "The family took off for Florida"
 in just a few minutes, and no one was injured.

A fire earlier in the day scorched scorch  
v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es

v.tr.
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.

2.
 about 20 acres near 47th Street East and Pearblossom Highway, where a bottle rocket ignited dry brush.

The field was engulfed in flames In Flames is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden founded in 1990. Along with Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates, they pioneered what is now known as melodic death metal. , and the strong winds helped push the fire.

The call came in to the fire station about 2 p.m., and more than 100 firefighters were needed to completely extinguish Extinguish

Retire or pay off debt.
 the blaze. Utility poles burned and fell, igniting a field just across the street. The fire was out in under an hour, and there were no injuries.

Other smaller incidents occurred throughout the night, officials said.

By Saturday, expectations of strong winds and residents with leftover illegal fireworks prompted officials to change the alert level to red. Additional units will be brought in as a precaution for the next few days.

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2 photos

Photo:

(1 -- color) Residents with garden hoses fight a July 4 fire on the hillside behind their homes near Highland High School.

(2 -- color) The fire scorches four acres behind Highland High School. No homes were damaged.

Paul Weatherman/Special to the Daily News
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