The fast-moving Santa Clarita brush fire forced evacuations and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway to close, June 25, 2017. Photo: OnSceneTV

County firefighters battled a fast-moving, three-alarm brush fire Sunday that scorched at least 750 acres in Santa Clarita at the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and was 50 percent contained, but burned one structure, caused a power outage at Disney Ranch and left one firefighter injured, according to authorities.

The fire — started by a traffic crash on the south 14 Freeway, near the Sierra Highway off-ramp not far from Placerita Canyon Road — was reported at 12:47 p.m., a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The flames “jumped the freeway,” the dispatcher said.

The collision caused a tree to catch on fire and those flames spread toward Disney Ranch, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez. The fire also caused a power outage at Disney Ranch cutting electricity to 76 nearby homes.

One structure has also been destroyed, Navarro-Suarez said.

One firefighter was hospitalized after being injured fighting the blaze, the Los Angeles Times reported. There’s no word yet on the firefighter’s condition.

Previously, the fire was believed to have burned more than 800 acres but around 6 p.m., the county fire department downgraded the acreage burned to 750 acres and claimed it was 50 percent contained.

A SigAlert was declared by the California Highway Patrol just after 2 p.m. and authorities shut down the 14 Freeway southbound at Sand Canyon Road and northward at Newhall Avenue.

The CHP reopened most northbound lanes at 4:45 p.m. and followed up by reopening all southbound lanes except one at 5:20 p.m.

Some 220 county firefighters, were dispatched to fight the fire and the containment remained at 50 percent as of 7 p.m., authorities said. Four water- dropping helicopters and two fixed-winged aircraft dropping retardant were sent to battle the blaze, according to county fire Capt. Keith Mora.

A water-dropping helicopter was also dispatched to the scene just before 1 p.m., said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, who revealed that one LAFD strike team of 22 firefighters and nine engines had joined the fire fight.

Cal Fire also is assisting in the battle to extinguish the flames, a spokesman said.

No civilian injuries have been reported, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has ordered mandatory evacuations for Disney Ranch, Tenderfoot Trail Road, Running Horse Road and Placerita Canyon.

An emergency evacuation center has opened at Golden Valley High School at 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, according to the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station.

An evacuation center for livestock has also been set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H in Lancaster, the sheriff’s department said.

The temperature in Santa Clarita hit 107 degrees Sunday.


–City News Service

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