Los Angeles County firefighters, with an assist from Los Angeles Fire Department, battled a brush fire Sunday near the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Santa Clarita that has scorched at least 400 acres.
The brush fire jumped the 14 Freeway earlier in the day and burned near Soledad Canyon and Agua Dulce Canyon roads and the 14, fire officials said. The northbound 14 was closed at Agua Dulce Canyon and southbound lanes were shut down at Soledad Canyon, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The fire was first reported at 3:28 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores.
County fire sent 18 engines, five trucks, five water-dropping helicopters to the scene. Fixed-winged aircraft were also sent to the scene to drop retardant, Flores said.
The LAFD sent a water-dropping helicopter and strike team consisting of five engines to help, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart and Flores.
Evacuations were underway in the Agua Dulce Canyon Road area, fire officials said.
The fire is also threatening nearby ranches, according to media reports from the scene.
The fire has the potential to grow to 1,000 acres, Flores told City News Service.
There was no containment on the blaze as of about 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Flores said.
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