UPDATE: Downed power line sparks small brush fire in Val Verde, 28 without power

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Downed power lines sparked a small fire Monday morning in Val Verde, burning about an acre of brush before it was extinguished, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The fire began shortly after 7 a.m. on San Martinez Grande Canyon Road, near Highway 126, prompting a response of firefighters from two battalions.

No one was hurt, and no structures were threatened by the fire.

A passer-by reported seeing fire and phoned 911.

“The passer-by said a power line was down and sparked the base of the (utility) pole,”  Fire Department spokeswoman Vanessa Lozano said.

The call came in at 7:05 a.m.; by 7:17 a.m., firefighters were on the scene.

The fire was extinguished quickly, releasing firefighters from the scene at 10:14 a.m.

At least 28 customers of Southern California Edison — some in Castaic and Piru — lost power at 6:57 a.m., Edison spokeswoman Susan Cox said.

Three minutes after the outage, a downed power line ignited brush near Highway 126.

There was no indication of when power would be restored, Cox said.

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Downed power lines sparked a small fire in Val Verde Monday morning, burning about an acre of brush before it was extinguished, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The fire began shortly after 7 a.m. on San Martinez Grande Canyon Road, near Highway 126, prompting a response of firefighters from two battalions.

No one was hurt, and no structures were threatened by the fire.

A passerby reported seeing fire and phoned 911.

“The passerby said a power line was down and sparked the base of the (utility) pole,”  Fire Department spokeswoman Vanessa Lozano said.

The call came in at 7:05 a.m.; by 7:17 a.m., firefighters were on site.

The fire was extinguished quickly, releasing firefighters from the scene at 10:14 a.m.

[email protected]

661-87-5527

On Twitter @jamesarthurholt

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