FIRES SHUT A.V. FREEWAY CAUSE PROBED AS LANES SLOWLY REOPEN ON CHRISTMAS.Byline: JUDY O'ROURKE Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, -- Brush fires that broke out in three spots along the Antelope Valley Freeway The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. It is signed as California State Highway 14 along its length. It connects Greater Los Angeles to the rapidly developing Antelope Valley. this weekend triggered the closure of all northbound lanes while firefighters battled a 40-acre blaze in the Agua Dulce Hills.
The flames erupted along the northbound shoulder near Agua Dulce Road about 8:45 p.m. Christmas Eve.
``Due to multiple starts in close proximity, it is being viewed with suspicion,'' said Jason Hurd, a spokesman for the 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 .
One flareup scorched scorch
v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.
2. an acre, and the other two blackened black·en
v. black·ened, black·en·ing, black·ens
1. To make black.
2. To sully or defame: a scandal that blackened the mayor's name.
3. half an acre each. The three fires converged into one, which was fully contained by about midnight, Fire Department supervisor Andre Gougis said.
Fifteen engines, six crews, a bulldozer team, three water tenders, a paramedic par·a·med·ic
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
paramedic squad, two patrols and three battalion chiefs fought the flames as winds gusted about 5 to 10mph from the northeast. All northbound lanes were shut for more than two hours starting about 9:10p.m., with drivers being diverted at Soledad Canyon Road.
Lanes slowly reopened Christmas Day as fire crews mopped up, California Highway Patrol Officer John Seumanutafa said.
No structures were threatened, and no one was injured. Arson investigators will look into the cause of the fires, officials said.
(color -- ran in SAC edition only) Firefighters battle a blaze Sunday night along northbound lanes of the Antelope Valley Freeway in the Agua Dulce Hills.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News