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RESIDENTS FEEL THE HEAT; SAUGUS HOMES SAVED FROM SEVEN-ACRE FIRE.

Byline: Bhavna Mistry Staff Writer

Flames raced up a Saugus hillside Monday afternoon and threatened more than a dozen homes, but the seven-acre brush fire was controlled before causing any damage.

The 1:15 p.m. fire moved swiftly up the Bouquet Canyon ridge just off Alamogordo Road, coming within feet of many homes and into several back yards in one of the city's older neighborhoods.

``I had my living trust and my photo albums, and that's all I care about,'' said Joyce Layman, 54, who prepared to leave after watching the fire come within feet of her home.

Los Angeles County firefighters were stationed at two of her neighbors' homes and guarded several others as flames as high as five feet engulfed the hillside.

``Potentially, we could have lost 10 homes,'' said Fire Chief Mike Sandeman. ``The brush is a real threat to this area.''

More than 125 firefighters and four water-dropping helicopters worked more than an hour to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire had not been determined by late afternoon.

Linda Maddux, 37, of Newhall said she called for help for her disabled father who was home alone in the fire area.

``They came straight to the house,'' said Maddux, who came by to check on her father and gather personal belongings should he be ordered to evacuate. ``They foamed down the roof and then watered it.''

Many of the homes in the area have wood-shingle roofs, which easily ignite in brush fires.

While the threat lingered, there was no damage to property, officials said.

Many of the residents gathered outside to watch firefighters. Some even got involved.

Keith Jones was standing in his front yard when he saw the flames. He grabbed several fire hoses and told his daughter to call the Fire Department.

``He's so heroic,'' said Charlene Oliver, 49, a neighbor with two young daughters. ``He's right up there.''

Oliver said she could feel the heat from the flames as she walked down her street.

``We are surrounded by hills and it just terrifies me,'' said Oliver, who has lived in the area for two years. ``You never know what's going to happen.''

One firefighter was sent to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after suffering from heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

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3 Photos, Map

PHOTO (1--Color) A firefighter wets down hot spots Monday afternoon after a brush fire burned seven acres and threatened homes. No injuries or property damage occurred.

(2--Color--Ran in SAC Edition only) Firefighters check for hot spots near Seco Canyon. The fire moved along the Bouquet Canyon ridge, just off Alamogordo Road.

(3--Color--Ran in SAC Edition only) A helicopter makes a drop in the hills between Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon.

Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News

MAP: (Ran in SAC Edition only) 2-alarm fire in Seco Canyon
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Date:Aug 17, 1999
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