Sierra fire in Angeles National Forest 90% contained

Firefighters at Angeles National Foret
Firefighters are holding the Sierra fire at approximately 11 acres with 90 percent containment.

A brush fire that burned 11 acres and forced some residents in the Angeles National Forest to flee their homes on Wednesday is nearly fully contained one day later, according to authorities.

The Sierra fire was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and prompted some weekday recreationists and cabin owners to flee their homes, according to the Angeles National Forest. By Thursday, the fire was 90% contained.

Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night as firefighters stopped forward progress on the brush fire that also prompted road closures in portions of northwestern Los Angeles County.


“The evacuation order was rescinded,” officials said. “However, the road closure remains in place with police escort for residents only.”

Bouquet Canyon Road from Vasquez Canyon Road to Spunky Canyon Road is still closed as of Thursday, said forest officials, who acknowledged “this will affect commuters who use this road to commute between the edge of Santa Clarita Valley and Lancaster/Palmdale.”

The fire began in the area of Bouquet Canyon and Spunky Canyon, the Forest Service said. Within an hour, officials said, the blaze had grown to at least 10 acres.

“Forward progress stopped at 11 acres, structure threat mitigated,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley station tweeted Wednesday evening.

There were 250 firefighters on scene, six helicopters and three air tankers.

About 10 homes were evacuated earlier Wednesday, officials with the sheriff’s station said.

Footage captured by KABC-TV Channel 7 showed aerial crews dropping water and retardant on the flames.

The blaze was the second to ignite within the Angeles National Forest this week. The Sheep fire sparked Saturday in San Bernardino County and grew to about 865 acres by Wednesday, when officials said it was 81% contained.