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Triple-Digit Scorcher Keeps Firefighters Busy as Small Brush Fires Burn SoCal Hotspots

ByKelley Wheeler

Jul 31, 2020

The triple-digit summer scorcher kept firefighters busy across Southern California on Friday as the fire threat remained high during tinderbox conditions.

Fires were burning near the Ventura County line in the San Fernando Valley, in Sunland and a small fire contained to less than an acre was out in Riverside County.

A 25-acre brush fire was threatening some homes in Ventura County west of Chatsworth, and Los Angeles city and county crews were assisting Ventura firefighters in the firefight. The fire was reported about noon near the 200 block of West Box Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A 10-acre brushfire was burning in the Sunland Area, and crews were working to protect nearby homes. The fire was reported at 1:09 p.m. in the 8100 block of West Ellenbogen Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews put in place a structural defense on Rhodesia Avenue to protect homes, but no evacuations were immediately ordered, the department said.

A fire that erupted adjacent to a mobile home in Mead Valley threatened the RV and several outbuildings before it was stopped. The Mead Fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. in the 20000 block of Markham Street, near Misty Lane, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. A dozen engine crews were sent to the location and immediately deployed to protect the single-wide trailer from a roughly quarter-acre fire.

A small brush fire in Agua Dulce was burning downhill, away from the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, in light to medium brush, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which is being assisted by Angeles National Forest fire crews.


Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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