AGUA DULCE – Two brush fires are burning on the outskirts of the Santa Clarita Valley in Agua Dulce and Acton. The fires, which were reported at about 3 this afternoon, are burning on both sides of the 14 freeway.
The fire burning in Agua Dulce north of Sierra Highway at Anthony Road, dubbed the “Crown Fire,” has scorched over 4,500 acres. Firefighters and air crews have not been able to contain the fast growing blaze as of yet. 2,000 homes in the fire’s path have been evacuated. Los Angeles County Fire officials say that at least 7 structures have been destroyed.
Firefighters in the air and on the ground have knocked down the fire called the “Briggs Fire” in Acton. The “Briggs Fire” burnt more than 350 acres before full containment was reached.
California Highway Patrol has shut down Multiple roads in Acton, Agua Dulce and Elizabeth Lake. Expect heavy delays traveling north on the 14 freeway and on Sierra Highway. Officials have issued evacuation orders for the Elizabeth Lake area.
Check back for more details as they become available.
UPDATE: Arson suspects that are believed to have started both blazes have been detained by law enforcement officials.