Blaze near Pitchess Detention Center breaks out early Monday

Los Angeles Count Fire Department firefighters battle 60-acre fire near Pitchess Detention Center on Monday, June 8, 2020. Bobby Block/ The Signal
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Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters worked to contain an 86-acre brush fire near Pitchess Detention Center early Monday morning. 

Dubbed the “Equestrian Fire,” the blaze quickly grew to double digits around 4:30 a.m., after firefighters first received reports of a 5-acre fire on Tapia Canyon, which is on the east side of Interstate 5, near 3:40 a.m., according to Fire Supervisors Bernard Peters. 

“The fire is 30% contained,” he said around 6:45 a.m., adding that “some structures nearby at (the) Wayside (jail facility) were threatened, but there are no reports of structures damaged.” 

Just before 7 a.m., the blaze had grown to 60 acres with “no active flames,” said Peters. 

By around 8:15 a.m., Fire Inspector Henry Narvaez confirmed the fire had grown to 75 acres and remained 30% contained. 

“There are no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters,” he said, adding that there were also no evacuations. 

Shortly after 9 a.m., the acreage increase to 86 and remained 60% contained. An estimated 240 Fire Department personnel were still on the scene, according to fire spokesman Austin Bennett. 

Crews remained on the scene well after 4 p.m., with Fire officials confirming the fire was 85% contained.

Bobby Block/ The Signal

The Equestrian Fire comes after the National Weather Service issued a high wind advisory and red flag warning set through Monday afternoon with north winds up to 40 mph and “damaging gusts up to 60 mph.” 

“Cause has not been officially identified at this point,” said Fire Engineer Anthony Akins. 

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