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Firefighters responded to a 2-acre fire near COC on Thursday
Photo courtesy of @NewsSourceLA Firefighters responded to a 2-acre fire near COC on Thursday

COC Brush Fire Reported Near Track At Valencia Campus, Forward Progress Stopped

(Photo courtesy of @NewsSourceLA)

Forward progress has been stopped for a brush fire near College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus, officials said. Evening classes at the college have been canceled.

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The fire was initially reported around 3 p.m., according to fire officials. Aerial units, including helicopters and a SuperScooper, assisted firefighters. Progress was stopped at 4:29 p.m.

The fire’s progress was stopped at about 4 acres, firefighters said. Initial estimates pegged the flames as high as 10 acres, but no structures were threatened, and evacuations were as a precaution, according to officials.

10 cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported according to fire officials.

There are numerous traffic impacts due to firefighters’ efforts to put out the blaze. Fire officials have closed Valencia Boulevard, from the 5 Freeway to Rockwell Canyon Road. Fire officials hope to have the road re-opened by 6 p.m.

The campus remains open, according to officials. Official are encouraging students to leave extra time to get to class.

The cause was reportedly a vehicle fire that spread to brush near the college’s Valencia campus.

“A brush fire erupted approximately 3:10 p.m. on the hillside near the Cougar Stadium,” according to College of the Canyons officials in an email.

The fire reportedly grew to about 10 acres, as of 3:43 p.m. per first responders; however, officials are unable to verify exact size and cause as of this time.

According to a message from COC campus officials:

“Fire and Sheriffs are on scene and Stadium Way is currently closed. Avoid the athletic fields. The Early Childhood Education building is being evacuated as a cautionary measure. Stay away from the campus until further notice. We will provide updates as they become available.”

The Early Childhood Education building is being evacuated as a cautionary measure, according to COC officials.

Students are being asked to stay away from campus until more information about the fire is available.


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COC Brush Fire Reported Near Track At Valencia Campus, Forward Progress Stopped

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  1. Saw it myself just before I boarded one of the public buses. Some students were clustered around to watch the fire and taping it with their phones, Iike myself, at around 3:20. Word got around pretty quickly about the fire, but there were some puzzled students who couldn’t see the smoke past the trees and​ were only alarmed by the planes and​ the helicopters.

    The rain came in pretty quickly though. It was a needed relief. Made the air feel 30 degrees cooler, which was a blessing after a full week of 100 degree weather.

    Glad no one got hurt!

    Thanks​ for keeping us posted! I only saw half a tree on fire. Had no idea how big it actually was!

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