Soledad Fire in Agua Dulce burns 1,000 acres, prompts evacuations

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.
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A more than 1,000-acre brush fire shut down parts of Highway 14 Sunday afternoon with 0% containment as of 8:30 p.m., according to fire officials. 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies began evacuating residents between Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, north and east of Highway 14, as of 5 p.m., according to Lt. James Royal.

At 6 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel reported the fire had grown to 800 acres with approximately 300 personnel on the scene fighting the fire, per a social media post from the department. 

By 8:30 p.m., the fire had grown to 1,100 acres in size as crews were expected to work through the night.

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Highway 14 remained closed from Soledad Canyon Road and Escondido Canyon Road

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a vegetation fire on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce Canyon Road at 3:30 p.m., according to a social media post via the department.

The fire was burning at medium spread with no structures threatened.

Highway 14 was shut down in both directions from Soledad Canyon Road to Agua Dulce Canyon Road as of 3:45 p.m. 

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

As of almost 4 p.m., the fire had grown to a 5- to 7-acre brush fire, according to L.A. County Fire Department Supervisor Cheryl Sims.   

The fire then jumped Highway 14, as firefighters requested a second alarm assignment, the department tweeted. Fixed-wing aircraft were also being launched.

By 4:30 p.m., the fire had reached 150 acres and remained primarily south of Highway 14, with winds gusting up to 25 mph, according to social media posts by the Fire Department and National Weather Service.

At 4:45 p.m., firefighters requested a third-alarm response as the fire grew to 400 acres, running in multiple drainages with a potential for 1,000 acres, the department said via social media.

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Firefighters battle the Soledad Fire that quickly consumed over 1,000 acres of dry brush Sunday afternoon. July 05, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

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