Early morning fire call prompts big response

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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Several firefighting units from two battalions returned to the scene of last week’s 100-acre fire in Newhall shortly after midnight Sunday for what some residents feared was a repeat fire in the same area.

Despite the heavy response by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, firefighters were unable to locate any sign of fire.

“The call came in as the smell of smoke,” Fire Department Supervisor Melanie Flores told The Signal Monday morning.

Firefighting units were dispatched shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday to an area near Karie Lane and Parvin Drive near the Quigley Open Space.

With a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service about the heightened concern for brush fires – high temperatures, strong winds, low humidity – fire officials took no chances.

Firefighting units remained at the scene for close an hour.

“They did a full reconnaissance (of the area) to make sure,” Flores said.

On Wednesday, at least 100 acres burned in the Golden Incident fire which began near Golden Valley High School and moved to an area near Quigley Canyon Road and Cleardale Street, and the Quigley Open Space.

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