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.
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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