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Byline: Amy Raisin 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,  - Brushy terrain adjacent to local freeways erupted into flames for the third consecutive day Wednesday, closing two lanes of the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964.  near Smokey Bear Smokey Bear is a fictional character of the longest running public service campaign in United States history. The character's mission is to raise public awareness to protect America's forests.  Road for more than two hours.

Firefighters headed to the blaze about 1:45 p.m., and the California Highway Patrol highway patrol
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A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways.
 closed the two right lanes about an hour later.

By late afternoon, the new fire had burned a total of 12 acres, but was under control, said Inspector Edward Osorio of 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
.

``They've been able to hold it there. We're lucky because there's been very little to no wind in that area,'' Osorio said.

Conditions were less agreeable Monday as firefighters battled a blaze 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.  that burned more than 300 acres and damaged six homes, one severely.

Capt. Brian Jordan said a cigarette tossed from a car window ignited that fire, forcing a five-hour freeway closure. Whether the fire was deliberately set is under investigation, he said.

As residents and investigators on Tuesday inspected the damage from the previous day's blaze, firefighters were again summoned about 4 p.m. after embers from a car fire on the northbound I-5 near Calgrove Boulevard ignited brush. While 10- to 20-mph winds and 100-degree temperatures fed the flames, residents of 20 homes near Lasalle Canyon Drive were asked to evacuate.

The spate of fires in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672.  has required the services of hundreds of firefighters and water-dropping aircraft in recent months, but officials said the department is ready for more blazes.

``We've been on heightened alert ever since the fire season started back in April, when we discovered we didn't get enough rain,'' Osorio said. ``Right now there's nothing to lead us to believe there's an arsonist.

``Any time summer comes around we know that we have to be ready,'' he said. ``Especially in Southern California.''
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