A brush fire blackened 300 acres Monday afternoon and quickly threatened about a dozen homes in the Castaic Canyons area near Santa Clarita.

The Martindale Fire broke out at 3 p.m. in the 34700 block of Bouquet Canyon Road, about two miles southwest of the Bouquet Reservoir, according to Franklin Lopez of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire crews arrived at 3:09 p.m. More than 12 aircraft were dispatched to battle the blaze, including five airtankers, two Super Scoopers and three helicopters.

Firefighters were responding to a “reported 200+ acre fire, NE of Santa Clarita, moving South with rapid rate of spread in medium brush. Gusty winds. ANF has a 2nd Alarm activated, with air tankers and additional resources on the way,” a supervisor of the Angeles National Forest tweeted at 3:36 p.m.

The supervisor reported “rapid growth” of the fire in its south-southeast section, where the flames were being pushed by winds into thick brush.

Evacuation orders were issued for about 10-12 homes on Bouquet Canyon Road from the Bouquet Reservoir Dam, south to mile marker 11.5, and evacuation warnings were issued for residents on Bouquet Canyon Road from mile marker 11.5 to Texas Canyon Ranger Station at 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Los Angeles County was under a red flag warning for extreme fire danger at the time the blaze broke out due to high temperatures, low humidity and moderate Santa Ana winds. The warning for the Santa Clarita Valley and mountain areas of Los Angeles County expired at 5 p.m.

Winds were blowing about 5-10 mph, with gusts about 15 mph, near the blaze, according to the National Weather Service.

At the ridgetops, winds blew about 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. Humidity was reported at about 10% amid 90-95 degree temperatures.

Bouquet Canyon Road was closed from Vasquez Canyon north to the reservoir.

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