Photo by VPP Tod Sudmeier
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters worked in unified command with the USDA Forest Service Angeles National Forest and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to battle the Charlie Fire, that started on Saturday afternoon, September 22, 2018, off Charlie Canyon in the unincorporated community of Castaic.
The wildfire quickly grew from a few hundred acres to about 1,200 in its first few hours. As evening approached, traffic was redirected on Lake Hughes Road while an estimated 20-50 rural homes were evacuated near Camp 14 on San Francisquito Canyon. Multiple LACoFD helicopters fought the fire with additional aircraft from the Los Angeles Fire Department, CAL Fire, and the United States Forest Service.
The steep topography of the region contributed to the growth of the fire to over 3,000 acres well past nightfall. Firefighters worked overnight to build and reinforce containment lines. By Sunday afternoon, there were no spot fires outside of the containment lines and the wildfire began holding at 3,380 acres. LACoFD thanks the unified command partners for their outstanding cooperative effort in attacking the Charlie Fire.
For more official information on the Charlie Fire, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6222/
To learn more about preparing your home and family for wildfire, download a pdf of the Ready!Set!Go! Wildfire Action Plan.