Firefighters combat Calgrove brush fires

A one-acre fire near the Oak Tree Gun Club at Weldon Canyon Road prompted sheriff's deputies to block the Old Road on Saturday, Nov. 20, Dan Watson/The Signal

Firefighters rushed to Calgrove Boulevard after reports of a suspected arsonist who may have started a vegetation fire Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters received a call for a brush fire along the southbound Interstate 5 and south of Calgrove Boulevard at approximately 11:46 a.m.  

As of Saturday afternoon, there were two fires, one north and one south of where the call was first reported, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Sims. The fires were burning in medium fuel, Sim said. 

The Fire Department dispatched stations 123 and 124 to help extinguish the fires in addition to a helicopter. There were reports of a possible arsonist, and an investigation was underway, according to Sims. 

The southern fire was reported near Weldon Canyon Road and responders blocked off The Old Road for a period of time, according to Sims.  

As of 12:26 p.m., the Fire Department reported 10% containment of the fire and advised they had the fires under control and forward progress stopped, Sims said.  

According to Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters, at approximately 2 p.m. firefighters extinguished the fires and one unit stayed to ensure the area was secure until 3 p.m. 

Sgt. Dmitry Barkon of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said deputies found the fires were not caused by an arsonist. Peters said they were unsure what caused the fires and they were still under investigation. 

The fires were reported under 1 acre, according to Sims. There was also one patient who needed to be examined by medical personnel. 

The Fire Department set up its control center at the summit of Weldon Canyon summit to oversee the overall progress. 

California Highway Patrol officers and Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies were also dispatched to the scene. 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department set up their command center at the summit of Weldon Canyon to monitor overall progress for two fires north and south of Calgrove Boulevard on Saturday, Nov. 20. Dan Watson/The Signal

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