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UPDATED – Mint Canyon Fire Called A Black Moonscape

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UPDATED 11:35 a.m. Monday

Angeles National Forest Service describe the Mint Fire burn area near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway as a “black moonscape” meaning the fire has been knocked down.

Erring on the side of caution Forest Service officials are saying the 640 acre fire is only 95 percent contained.

Fire fighters want to make sure wind and sun don’t produce any flare ups, but they say there is “no way” it will jump out of the area.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, who were assisting, have been pulled from the location.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

UPDATED 10:07 a.m. Monday

Angeles National Forest Service announced 100 percent containment of the Mint Fire that burned 640 acres near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway.

Sunday update:

Angeles National Forest Service achieved 80 percent containment on the Mint Fire burning near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway.

Crews worked throughout the night. Four-hundred personnel are currently on scene along with eight air craft.

“We should have this wrapped up by 6 p.m.,” said Spokesman Nathan Judy.

Although today is expected to be warmer than yesterday, the relative humidity will continue in the low double-digits (14-18%) which will aid fire fighters in their efforts to contain hot spots.

The injured Angeles National Forest Service fire fighter was released from the hospital.

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UPDATED at 6:45 p.m.

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An Angeles National Forest Service fire fighter suffered a sprained shoulder and was airflighted from the scene. The injuries were described as minor and non-life threatening.

Officials have held their estimate at 50 percent containment on the the fire near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway which has been limited to 600 acres for several hours.

A shift change is expected within the hour.

UPDATED at 4:55 p.m.

Angeles National Forest Service Fire Fighters are reporting 50 percent containment on the the fire near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway which has been limited to 600 acres for several hours.

Spokesperson Nathan Judy says fire fighters will be working overnight looking for hot spots.

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UPDATED at 4:35 p.m.

Angeles National Forest Service Spokesperson Nathan Judy reports no change from 20 percent containment.

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UPDATED at 3:20 p.m.

Angeles Nation Forest Service Fire Fighters are reporting 20 percent containment on the the fire near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway which has spread to 600 acres.

Spokesperson Nathan Judy says although the fire is not a wind-generated fire, decreases in wind speed from 10-15 mph to 5 mph have reduced the amount of smoke and aided fire fighters in their efforts.

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UPDATED at 2:26 p.m.

Angeles Nation Forest Service Fire Fighters are reporting 10 percent containment on the the fire near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway which has spread to 600 acres.

Spokesperson Nathan Judy says bulldozer lines and hand crew lines are working the ridge line to prevent the fire from moving into the Bouquet Canyon area. Bulldozer lines means fire fighters use the blades to scrape the ground to the base soil and remove fuel for the fire. Hand lines require fire personnel on foot using tools to remove brush and other fuel.

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UPDATED at 12:48 p.m.

Angeles Nation Forest Service Fire Fighters are reporting the fire near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway has spread to 600 acres with 0 percent containment.

Spokesperson Nathan Judy says the fire is being fueled by light grass and medium brush. The terrain of rolling hills and the fire traveling uphill creates an environment for a quickly spreading fire.

No homes are threatened and shouldn’t be unless the fire speads into Bouquet Canyon, Judy said.

Six air tankers and 12 helicopters are assisting.

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UPDATED at 11:42 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting the fire in the Angeles National Forest at Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway has spread to 250 acres.

Angeles National Forest Fire Fighters are the lead agency, with L.A. County Fire in support.

Both agencies are treating this as a 1st alarm. No homes are threatened and there have been no injuries.

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Updated at 10:41 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting a 40-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest at Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway.

Seven engines, four camp crews and five helicopters are responding.

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Posted 10:10 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting a 15-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest near Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon Road.

Residents in the area say two SuperScooper planes have been circling the neighborhood.
Fire officials say the SuperScooper, water bearing planes, are looking for a place to drop.
This is a 1st alarm fire in an unspecified remote region.
In July, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors contracted with the government of Quebec to lease the CL-415 SuperScoopers — a fixed-wing airplane that can carry 1,620 gallons of water with fire retardant.

UPDATED – Mint Canyon Fire Called A Black Moonscape

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