A fire that has burned 4,615 acres in Canyon Country and destroyed 29 structures was 98% contained Thursday morning and full containment was expected later Thursday.

There were 122 firefighters on scene patrolling fire lines and checking for hot spots within the burn area to prevent a rekindle with the current high winds, officials said. Additional resources were available should they be needed.

The fire has destroyed 29 structures — 23 homes, one commercial/residential structure and five outbuildings. Another 45 structures were damaged, including 40 homes, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

An assistance center for people affected by the fire was opened at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Point Parkway. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday and will offer information and assistance on topics such as property cleanup/repair, filing insurance claims and replacing records such as driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations lost during the fire.

The fire started at 1:24 p.m. Thursday near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road, earning it the name “Tick Fire,” according to the fire department. Initially reported at 200 acres, it rapidly grew to more than 850 acres in less than an hour, fire officials said. Four firefighters have suffered minor injuries during the course of the blaze.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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