A concerned Santa Clarita resident sprays a garden hose in an effort to protect his home from the approaching South Fire as a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter makes a water drop. Photo by VPP Dave Mills.
If the past few weeks were any indication, Los Angeles County is due for an active fire season. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 2:50 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire located off of the Northbound 5 Freeway, South of Calgrove Boulevard, in Santa Clarita. The South Fire burned approximately 175 acres, forced mandatory evacuations for surrounding residents, and sent one fire captain to a local area hospital for heat-related illness. The cause of the fire is undetermined according to the Lead Investigator, Fire Captain Scott Crosby, of the Arson/Fire Investigation Unit. Assisting agencies included the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control,Southern California Edison, and American Medical Response.