UPDATE: Stubborn fire near Valencia industrial park extends mop up, jams traffic

Firefighters got a quick handle on a brush fire along Interstate 5 near Avenue Stanford on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Bobby Block/The Signal
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Firefighters were expected to remain until 6 p.m. at the scene of a brush fire that encroached on Valencia’s industrial area shortly after noon Friday, fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said. 

“They’ll be there for another four hours,” he said at 2 p.m.

The fire burned a half-acre, he said, with firefighters reporting all forward progress of the fire stopped “15 minutes after it started,” he added. 

A firefighter mops up after forward progress was stopped on the fire along Interstate 5 near Avenue Stanford on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Bobby Block/The Signal

Although no structures were immediately threatened, fire officials sent a full response to a brush area between Interstate 5 and Avenue Stanford.

Shortly before 12:45 p.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the area, Fire Department spokesman Austin Bennett said.

“It was adjacent to the commercial area,” he said. “They (firefighters) reported that it was running pretty good.”

By 1 p.m., the fire had burned one quarter-acre with firefighters reporting to have a handle on it.  

Officials said some of the fighting crews dispatched to the scene included a water-dumping helicopter from the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Firefighters reported fighting a relatively small fire with lots of smoke.

“The fire was moving through light to medium fuel, with light winds,” Bennett said, referring to the amount of brush in the area.

The temporary shutdown of northbound lanes of I-5 saw traffic backed up from Highway 126 to Lyons Avenue.

Motorists jammed alternate routes along The Old Road and on Railroad Avenue to Bouquet Canyon Road.

All lanes were re-opened by mid-afternoon.

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