UPDATE: Castaic brush fire burns two acres


Firefighters fearing windy days such as the day experienced Monday, rushed to a brush fire in Castaic hoping to stop it early before winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour whipped it into a larger fire.

Their tactics apparently worked when firefighters reported a “knockdown” in less than an hour.

“It was a little more than two acres,” Supervisor Bernard Peters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal shortly after 4 p.m.

“All active flame and all forward advance of the fire has been stopped,” he said.

At 3 p.m., Fire Department Inspector Gustavo Medina  had reported: ““One copter (helicopter) reported one to two acres burning in light brush,”

The “working” brush fire was immediately dubbed the Oak Incident since if was first spotted on Oak Canyon Road near Hasley Canyon Road shortly after 2:35 p.m. Monday.

At least three water-dumping helicopters joined more than half a dozen fire engines in responding to the brush fire.

“The wind is certainly is a factor, with gusts up to 25 miles an hour,” Medina said.

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