UPDATE: Car fire in Newhall Pass Friday morning spurs response

Brush fire sparked by car fire on Sierra Highway Friday morning. Courtesy photo, SCV Sheriff's Station.
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As firefighters continued to battle the Saddleridge Fire from Sylmar to Reseda, a brush fire from a vehicle burning in the Newhall Pass diverted some of their attention on Sierra Highway close to where State Route 14 and Interstate 5 meet.

Several firefighting units, including water-dumping aircraft, responded shortly after 10:45 a.m. to reports of a car fire spreading to brush on the 22100 block of Sierra Highway, near Foothill Boulevard.

Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department got to the fire three minutes after getting the call, Fire Department spokesman Sean Rios said.

At least a half-dozen Fire Department engines from two battalions responded to the fire, as did two rescue helicopters, 15 and 18.

Within 30 minutes, fire officials at the scene released many of those units, Rios said.

“The call was closed at 11:33 a.m.,” Fire Department spokesman Marvin Lim said.

About unconfirmed reports of mandatory evacuations in the Santa Clarita Valley, Lim said there were none.

When asked the same questions shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sgt. Curt Messerschmidt of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said there were no mandatory evacuations called for the SCV.

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