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Quail Fire Breaks Out Near Castaic Animal Shelter

A brush fire broke out within a few hundred yards of the Castaic Animal Shelter on Wednesday.

The brush fire, named the Quail Fire, was reported at about 5:29 p.m. Wednesday near the 5 Freeway and Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, very close to the Castaic Animal Shelter, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).

Final Wednesday Update (7:59 p.m.)

Forward Progress Stopped (7:24 p.m.)

Forward progress has been stopped on the Quail Fire, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

We are happy to report all animals are safe at the Castaic animal shelter, no evacuations were needed thanks to the quick work of (LACoFD) crew(s),” wrote an official from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

50 Acres (7:03 p.m.)

The Quail Fire has grown to at least 50 acres in size, with aircraft and ground crews still battling to slow the fire’s progress, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

500 Acre Potential (6:20 p.m.)

The Quail Fire was estimated to be at least 20 acres in size as of 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, with a potential for up to 500 acres in size, according to Los Angeles County Fire officials.

There have been no further updates on possible evacuations in the area.

Second Alarm (5:53 p.m.)

A second alarm response has been requested for the Quail Fire.

When a second-alarm response is requested, the following additional units are added: five more engines; four more camp crews; another dozer; an additional water tender; a heavy equipment superintendent who coordinates the two dozers; a fuel truck for the helicopters; the helitanker;, two more battalion chiefs; an assistant chief; and an emergency support unit (ESU).

ESUs are equipped with medical supplies, IVs, cots and other supplies for crews fighting the fire. It is also a place where firefighters can go to cool off.

Original Story

The incident was originally reported as between three to four acres, and only about 200 yards away from the Castaic Animal Shelter, according to LACoFD officials.

No evacuations have been confirmed as of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Ed. Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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Quail Fire Breaks Out Near Castaic Animal Shelter


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  2. If they need animal pick up, contact me ASAP!

  3. Around 8:00pm forward progress was stopped. There was quite a lot of aircraft working this fire and there were often 3 at one time sucking up water from the after-bay lagoon. 1 minute to fire and 1 minute back to refill again. Around 7:30 pm the firemen were getting the upper hand, about then the jet(s) made their phoscheck drop(s).

  4. Change the name of the Quail fire——it Stigmatizes Quails

    • I think the naming was a goof. There was a #QuailIC somewhere else in LACounty. This fire is not near any “Quail” landmarks.
      They should have called this the Shelter, Tapia, or Charlie fire.

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