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175-acre brush fire near Santa Clarita is 50% contained

A 175-acre brush fire near Santa Clarita that at one point threatened dozens of homes is 50% contained, officials said Sunday.

The South fire began about 2:50 p.m. Saturday and quickly spread, pushed by wind gusts of up to 25 mph., officials said. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for more than 200 homes in surrounding hillside communities.

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(Los Angeles Times)

But about 300 firefighters, assisted by air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, made good progress through the evening, and evacuation orders were lifted late Saturday.

On Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire was 50% contained. Hundreds of firefighters remain at the scene.

11:55 a.m., June 10: This article was updated with new information regarding containment.

9 p.m.: This article was updated with new information regarding evacuations.

7:55 p.m.: This article was updated with new information from fire officials.

6:35 p.m.: This article was updated with new information for Los Angeles County fire officials.

This article was originally posted at 5:25 p.m., June 9.

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