Small wash fire sparks big firefighting response

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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A small brush fire in the Santa Clara River wash sparked a huge response by firefighting units Thursday around lunch time.

It burned an area just 40 feet by 40 feet, but prompted a response by two fire battalions that included eight fire engines, six water-dumping helicopters and a bulldozer.

The small spot fire near the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road — snuffed out before they could name it — was first reported at 1 p.m.

Firefighters dispatched at 1:01 p.m. arrived on the scene four minutes later, Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The fire, which was near a bike path, was promptly extinguished, freeing up units called to the scene.

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