Arson detectives investigate Sierra Fire

Fire crews work to put out one of two spot fires along Sierra Highway near Placerita Canyon Rd. in Newhall on Monday morning. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

A fire has burned about an acre of brush alongside Sierra Highway between Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Valley Road in Newhall.

Around 9:40 a.m. Monday, fire crews responded to the northbound side of Sierra Highway for two spot fires burning along the road, according to Marvin Lim, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

About 115 firefighters were on the scene, and as they were putting out the two spot fires, they rushed to the bottom of the hill where smoke began to fill the air.

“There is an arson investigation right now,” said Lim.

More fire engines arrive on scene to assist with the “Sierra Incident” alongside Sierra Highway near Placerita Canyon Rd. in Newhall. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

Although the “Sierra Incident” did not threaten any structures, the northbound side of Sierra Highway was closed to drivers for safety reasons.

The Fire Department closed the incident at 11 a.m., according to fire officials.

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Lorena Mejia

Lorena Mejia

Lorena was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended California State University Northridge where she double majored in Journalism and Chicano Studies and minored in Spanish Language Journalism. While at CSUN, she worked for the university's television and radio newscast. Through her journalistic work, she earned membership to Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society for selected journalists. Her passion for the community has introduced her to new people, ideas, and issues that have helped shape the person she is today. Lorena’s skills include using cameras as a tool to empower people by informing them and creating change in their communities. Some of her hobbies include reading the news, exploring the outdoors, and being an avid animal lover.