Firefighters battle Charlie Fire
Firefighters and aircraft assemble to battle the Charlie Fire in Castaic. Courtesy Los Angeles County Fire Department

Firefighters from around Los Angeles and Ventura counties were working overnight to stop the spread of the 3,000-acre Charlie Fire in Castaic which led to the evacuation of 20 to 30 homes along San Francisquito Canyon Road.

The fire was 10 percent contained by lines of cleared vegetation by nightfall, officials said. Two helicopters were scheduled to make water drops through the night. Firefighters were reported making progress in multiple areas of the fire as temperatures dropped and humidity rose for the night.

The fire was dubbed the Charlie Fire because it was first sighted on Charlie Canyon Road at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron.

The fire covered a few acres at the top of a ridge when firefighters arrived and sized it up at 2:44 p.m., Marron said.

They quickly called for a third-alarm response of 120 firefighters, aided by three helicopters and two super scooper fixed-wing aircraft, he said.

A strike team made entirely of 22 Los Angeles city firefighters was on scene along with a helicopter, spokesman Brian Humphrey said. A second strike team was assembled with LAFD and allied agencies represented.

By 6 p.m. the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station reported Lake Hughes Road was closed from Ridge Route to Dry Gulch and that San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed and evacuated from Lowridge Place North to Camp 14. About 100 homes were threatened and 20 to 30 homes along Francisquito Canyon Road were ordered evacuated and the Castaic Sports Complex at 31230 Castaic Road was designated as the evacuation center.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported, officials said.

The rough terrain that was making access difficult was cited as a reason for the blaze’s spread.


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