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Two helicopters will drop water overnight Saturday on the Sage Fire, a brushfire that has consumed 800 acres along steep terrain near Santa Clarita and resulted in evacuation orders and two firefighter injuries.

Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched at 12:05 p.m. to the area of The Old Road and Calgrove Boulevard, according to a county fire dispatcher.


Photo via OnScene.TV.


Firefighters have the blaze 15 percent contained, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Gustavo Medina told City News Service at 9 p.m..

More than 200 firefighters were on the scene, including some from the city of Los Angeles, U.S. Forest Service and Orange County Fire Authority. Ten aircraft dropped water and fire retardant during the day, Medina said.

The fire has forced the evacuation of an estimated 700 homes, affecting about 2,000 people in the area of Stevenson Ranch, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.

That includes Southern Oaks Drive between Greenbriar Drive and Meadow Lane, Autumn Place, Shady Glen Court and Magnolia Lane, authorities said.

The evacuations were expected to remain in place overnight, Medina said.

An evacuation center was set up at West Ranch High School, 26255 West Valencia Blvd., Sgt. Chris Maurizi of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station said.

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control was at the evacuation center to shelter small animals, Jansen said.

One inmate firefighter suffered a minor injury, Medina said. Another firefighter was being treated for a heat-related injury.

—City News Service

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