Forward progress stopped on Borton Fire (VIDEO)

Los Angeles County firefighters scale a hill at a brush fire on Borton Street in Val Verde Friday night. Cory Rubin/The Signal
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Deputies searching for a suspect soon found themselves in a suspected arson investigation Friday, officials said.

After sheriff’s deputies set up a containment area on San Martinez Road in Val Verde, the sheriff’s helicopter spotted a fire breaking out down the road from where deputies were reportedly closing in on a suspect. 

The first units on the scene were sheriff’s deputies from the containment, using fire extinguishers before L.A. County fire officials arrived, according to witnesses.

Firefighters work to contain a 1-acre brush fire that began near a containment situation in Val Verde. Cory Rubin / The Signal.

Shortly after 7 p.m. firefighters arrived on the 29000 block of Borton Street then quickly worked to contain the blaze.

“They called smoke showing from about 2 miles outside the location,” said Michael Pittman, a Fire Department spokesman. “We got there, and they said it was about an acre.”

At 7:43 p.m., officials announced forward progress had stopped, and the blaze had been held to a single acre.

“The units are going to be out there for an hour because they want to basically make sure they’ve got a 100% mopup, as they say it,” said Pitmman. “Basically they want to soak the entire area down that’s within the (fire) line.”

Air and bulldozer units were released from the call.

As of 8 p.m., the prevailing theory by deputies on the scene of the incident was that the fire was used as a potential diversion to pull deputies away from the contained suspect.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials were unavailable for comment as of the publication of this article.

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