UPDATE: Soledad Fire reaches 87% containment, patrols set to monitor through 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.

The fast-spreading brush fire that burned 1,498 acres in Agua Dulce reached 87% containment by Tuesday evening, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. 

Patrols are expected to monitor the area through the night, resuming normal operations at 8 a.m. Wednesday to reach full containment, according to an incident update report released by the fire department.

By Tuesday morning, the fire had reached 68% containment, with firefighters still in the area scouting for potential flare-ups, fire officials said.

More than 400 fire personnel worked throughout the night and into Tuesday morning as a combination of hot temperatures, low relative humidities and gusty winds were expected to elevate fire weather conditions to burn areas, read a Fire Department news release on the blaze, dubbed the Soledad Fire. 

“Crews will work through the day scouting for any potential flare-ups, while performing mop-up of hot spots and holding containment lines,” read the release. 

The blaze was first reported Sunday just before 3:30 p.m. and quickly spread in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and the State Route 14, prompting highway closures and an evacuation order that affected a total of nine homes and 40 residents by Monday morning. 

They were allowed to return by the afternoon hours Monday. All lanes of the northbound Highway 14 had also reopened that day. Motorists were advised to slow down in the area for first responders and highway workers. 

One firefighter suffered minor injuries while working on the fire line Monday. No structures were damaged or destroyed and the cause of the blaze remained under investigation, Fire Department officials said. 

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