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2007 - Buckweed fire chars 38,000 acres, destroys 21 homes in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce [story]


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The Charlie Fire has scorched 3,380 acres and remains only 10 percent contained as of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an update from the fire’s Incident Commander.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and the USDA Forest Service-Angeles National Forest have 331 people fighting the blaze, which broke out Saturday at about 2:42 p.m. in the Charlie Canyon area near Castaic.

Crews are constricting and reinforcing containment lines around the fire perimeter. Aircraft are being used to support ground crews with water and retardant drops.

Lake Hughes Road and San Francisquito Canyon Road are closed. Approximately 20 residences in San Francisquito Canyon have been evacuated. An evacuation center has been set up at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic 91384.

The Humane Society has a mobile unit at the Complex for small animals and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds is open for large animals.

The estimated containment date as of Sunday morning was Friday, Sept. 28. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

 Update as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday

The Charlie Fire has grown to approximately 3,000 acres with 10 percent containment, according to L.A. County Fire Officials. LACoFD still has an evacuation order set for San Francisquito Canyon from LACoFD Camp 14 to Low Ridge Place. An evacuation center is set at the Castaic Sports Complex.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

Update as of 4:56 p.m.

The Charlie Fire has grown to more than 1,200 acres burned according to L.A. County Fire Officials. Additional air tankers and ground crews have been requested for assistance.

Update as of 4:28 p.m.

The Charlie Fire in Castaic has now burned more than 3,000 acres with zero percent containment according to ground officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

CHP officials have also announced a portion of Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Rd. to Dry Gulch Rd. is now closed.

No evacuations have been announced so far.

Original Story — Saturday afternoon

Los Angeles County firefighters, along with Angeles National Forest Service, are battling the Charlie Fire near Castaic.

The fire began in the 31000 block of Charlie Canyon Road, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron. The fire was first reported at 2:40 p.m.

No structures were reported threatened but a paintball facility, Combat Paintball Park, was evacuated.

Public safety organizations fighting the Charlie Fire include Los Angeles County Fire, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and more.

Now, is a good time to have a “Ready! Set! Go!” kit prepared.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has launched an updated “Ready! Set! Go!” program to assist residents living in wildfire-prone areas.

The program features a 16-page Personal Wildfire Action Plan as well as a step-by-step video guide to teach residents how to create defensible space and safeguard their homes to make them more fire-resistant.

The Ready! Set! Go! brochure is designed to provide residents with critical information to help educate, prepare, and evacuate for an emergency.

Brochures are available to download here or a free hard copy may be requested by e-mailing info@fire.lacounty.gov.

Find out more about the program here.

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20 Comments

  1. Are they closing the 5 freeway?

  2. Dan Conner Dan Conner says:

    14fwy @ sand cyn offramp

  3. Golub Govno Golub Govno says:

    Headed toward the old San Francisquito Dam site.

  4. Laurie says:

    Is San Franciquito closed?

  5. Tandy Bichon Tandy Bichon says:

    Whelp we made it thru the summer at least without a big fire

  6. I live in lake Hughes. God help us. Looks like it’s coming in green valley.

  7. Richard Bullard says:

    Anybody know if fire reached drink water flats parking area on San francisquito cyn rd

  8. Bummer here in Texas we have floods, and its been raining for three weeks now and more to come. Seems living in the middle of town is the safest place.

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