UPDATE: Firefighters gain control of 2 Canyon Country brush fires

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter responds to a brush fire reported at Sierra Highway and Hillfield Lane Monday at 1:25 p.m. Rick McClure/For the Signal
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By Jim Holt & Christina Cox
Signal Staff Writers

Firefighters wasted no time getting the jump on two small brush fires in Canyon Country Monday afternoon, thwarting the threat that high temperatures, dry brush and moderate winds might whip the fires into bigger incidents.

About an hour after more than 100 firefighters finished extinguishing a 3-acre fire on Sierra Highway, a second compliment of 100 firefighters was dispatched to a fire moving towards Leona Cox Community School in Canyon Country.

Both fires were snuffed out promptly, with no reports of injury or structural damage in either fire.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 73 makes its way up a fire access road off of Eagle Crest Drive in Canyon Country toward a small brush fire on Monday, May 22, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

In the first fire which broke out shortly before 1:30 p.m., crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a small brush fire reported at Sierra Highway and Hillfield.

Dubbed “Sage IC,” the brush fire broke out among light grass in the area with winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

By 2:30 p.m., emergency responders stopped all forward progression of the fire which burned a total of 2 to 3 acres in the area.

Firefighters worked to put a line around the fire and extinguish the flames.

The second brush fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. on the 18000 block of west Oakmoor Boulevard, near Benina Avenue, a Fire Department spokesman said.

“We had reports of fire approaching a school,” he said.

Sergio Qunitero, who lives near the school, said the fire appears to have started after construction workers in the area ignited the hillside on fire.

“They were cutting weeds and the brush caught fire,” he said.

The fire burned about a quarter of an acre.

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Los Angeles County Fire helicopter 14 flies toward the scene of a small brush fire in Canyon Country on Monday, May 22, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

 

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