UPDATE: Gorman brush fire burns 135 acres in 4 hours

A fire department helicopter makes a water drop over a fire near Gorman on Friday, July 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Bernie Deyo


At least 100 acres near Gorman burned within two hours Friday afternoon as firefighters on and the ground in the air battled to control it.

Shortly after 7:15 p.m., nearing the 4-hour mark, the fire had burned 135 acres and was reported to be 75 percent contained.

The fire was first reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday near the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, just south of Gorman Road, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal.

By 5:30 p.m., the fire was 50 percent contained, he said.

Firefighters arriving at the brush fire reported finding one and half acres burning in light grass, he said.

No structures were threatened.

At least three water-dumping helicopters and one water-dumping fixed wing plane responded to the call, the Fire Department spokesman said.

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