Firefighters cut threat of wind-whipped brush fire to small spot fire

Los Angeles County firefighters extinguish a small spot fire on the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Commuter Way in Saugus. Cory Rubin/The Signal

A small spot fire near the Metrolink station on Soledad Canyon Road was extinguished promptly and contained to precisely that — a small spot grass fire — by the firefighting crew at Fire Station 107.

The fear of high winds whipping a spot fire into a spreading brush fire prompted a full response of more than half a dozen firefighting units from two battalions including at least two water-dumping helicopters.

“Engine 107 said they could handle it,” said Austin Bennett, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

And, they did.

“Because of where it is and, especially, with how windy it’s been we went with a full response,” Bennett said.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the fire began with a carelessly tossed cigarette.

The fire and the quick response didn’t impact the Metrolink train system.

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