Updated 09/06, 4:40 p.m.
Photos by Elliott Cohen, SCVNEWS.com
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting 80 percent containment on the Wagon Wheel fire. According to Inspector Quvondo Johnson there are no active flames but 300 personnel are still on scene for mop up duties, including four strike teams with hot shot crews.
Because of wind, burn index (a calculation of the amount of brush fuel would burn based on temperature) and temperature fire staff has been augmented.
The situation is described by officials as “hopeful.”
Reported by Leon Worden, SCVNEWS.com
A brushfire that started when a candle fell over in a trailer and ultimately consumed 500 acres in Agua Dulce was 30 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Monday, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said.
One firefighter from Station 73 in Newhall experienced heat exhaustion and was airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The injury was characterized as minor.
Unconfirmed reports said a second firefighter sustained a minor injury while attempting to traverse a difficult mountain trail. Two ambulances were requested to stand by in case of additional injuries.
The so-called Wagon fire broke out Monday at 12:55 p.m. east of Sierra Highway, near the intersection of Davenport Road and Wagon Wheel Road, when a candle fell over inside a trailer and lit the curtains on fire. SCV Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Bryski said the occupant received a minor injury while trying to snuff the flames.
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The fire spread to nearby brush. Winds of approximately 7 mph pushed it in a southeasterly direction toward Agua Dulce proper.
The incident was quickly upgraded to three-alarm status, and more than 250 firefighters were called in to attack the flames.
Other than the trailer and a nearby barn, there were no confirmed reports of additional structure fires.
However, an unconfirmed report came in shortly after 2 p.m. when an off-duty firefighter said a building was on fire at 32935 Canyon Quail Trail, just off of Darling Road. It was not believed to be a house. Structure protection crews responded immediately.
A second unconfirmed report at 3 p.m. indicated a house was starting to catch fire at 11891 Davenport Road, close to Twin Peaks Storage. Fire crews fought hot spots in that location into the evening hours.
Ten engines were committed to structure protection as of 3:30 p.m., several moving to Barber Road and Corder Road as the fire pushed south and east toward central Agua Dulce. A strike team set up at the intersection of Barber and Bedworth Road, northwest of Agua Dulce Elementary School.
Animal Control was called in to assist with equestrian evacuations at the intersection of Darling and Barber.
No human evacuations were ordered, although some residents along Davenport Road voluntarily left, said Inspector Don Kunitomi of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Local roads, including all of Davenport, were open to residents with identification only. Non-residents were allowed in to help evacuate horses.
Reported by Hannah Taylor, KHTS
As of 6:15 p.m., the Wagon Incident is reportedly 30% contained.
500 acres have been burned by the “Wagon Incident” in Agua Dulce. The LACoFD has reported no mandatory or voluntary evacuations, though sheriff’s deputies are informing local residents of the situation and there have been road closures. The fire is heading southeast.
LACoFD has set up structure protection. They report that no structures have burned.
Road closures reported by the LACoFD include, Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Darling, Barber and Morgan, Frascotti and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Davenport, Sierra Highway and Davenport, Escondido Canyon Road and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, and Darling and Agua Dulce Canyon Road.
Residents only are being allowed through Agua Dulce Canyon Road from the 14 Freeway.
One firefighter has reportedly suffered minor injuries from heat exhaustion.
The Wagon Incident began as a structure fire.
The fire has been raised to a third alarm. Helicopters and hundreds of firefighters are responding.
Los Angeles County Fire officials are reporting a 5-acre fire at the 32000 block of Wagon Wheel Road. Units are responding and LACoFD reports that one structure is threatened.
Wagon Wheel Road is northeast of Sierra Highway near Davenport Road and south of Sleepy Valley.
There is also another fire reported at Highway 14 and Avenue S. in Palmdale.
CHP reports show that the fire may have burned a barn.