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Acton fire burns 126 acres; 30 homes evacuated

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POSTED May 9, 2012 1:09 a.m.

ACTON (AP) — A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County burned 126 acres and destroyed several structures Tuesday, and authorities evacuated 30 homes as a precaution.

Nearly 400 firefighters had contained about 40 percent of the wind-fueled fire near West Crown Valley Road in Acton, and all of the active fire had been knocked down Tuesday evening, Capt. Mark Savage said.

The wildfire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. and firefighters will continue to work through the night to make sure the blaze doesn’t burn past its current perimeter through embers blown into dry brush.

No injuries have been reported, and Savage said the homes ahead of the fire will remain evacuated as a precaution. The fire burned close to a mobile home park, authorities said.

One mobile home, one outbuilding, two vehicles and two storage facilities were destroyed.

Footage from television news helicopters showed residents hosing down homes in the mountainous desert community about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

The fire initially was pushed by northeast to east winds of 12 to 15 mph, with occasional gusts to 35 mph, the National Weather Service said. Winds decreased by early evening, but relative humidity remained in the single digits.

The blaze disrupted Metrolink service in the area and forced the closure of Soledad Canyon Road, authorities said.

Firefighters from Los Angeles County, the city of Los Angeles and the U.S. Forest Service battled the fire, along with five helicopters, Johnson said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The sparsely populated area is located between Palmdale and Santa Clarita, near the Angeles National Forest.

Another wildfire destroyed about 52 acres near Acton in June. No injuries were reported in that fire.

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