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Firefighters responded to the Texas Fire in Saugus on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Dan Watson/ The Signal

 

A 150-acre brush fire in Saugus prompted road closures and evacuations Thursday afternoon.

The fire received the moniker #TexasFire, due to its proximity to the Texas Canyon Ranger Station, and Angeles National Forest officials took the lead in battling the blaze, with the L.A. County Fire Department assisting.

Fire officials declared forward progress stopped at 10% containment at 4:20 p.m. and no structures lost.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station personnel had announced road closures for Bouquet Canyon Road between Vasquez Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon. Evacuations of about 50 homes took place in that area and were lifted soon after, according to spokeswoman Shirley Miller.

The fire was first reported to the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 1:47 p.m. on the 30500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road and was described to be burning uphill in medium to heavy fuel.

“We got on the scene at 1:57 p.m.,” said Marvin Lim, a spokesman for the Fire Department.

The first report of the fire had it at 3 acres, but by 2:15 p.m., units on the ground were saying it had quickly grown to 100 acres, with structures threatened and 0% containment, according to Andrew Mitchell, a public information officer with the Angeles National Forest.

Officials did not clarify as of 2:20 p.m. what type of structures were threatened, but L.A. County Fire Department personnel would be protecting the structures, and fire personnel would be staging some emergency response personnel and vehicles at Central Park.

On the scene, according to Mitchell, there is a “second full-alarm” response, with five fire engines, two hand crews, two water tenders, two patrols, two chief officers, three helicopters and five airplanes.

The second-alarm response, Mitchell said, meant that both the County Fire Department and ANF requested more resources from around their department in order to battle the blaze.

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