Authorities Say 'Soledad Fire' Near Agua Dulce Possibly Started by Illegal Fireworks

Soledad Fire (KNX)
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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Firefighters are working to contain a brush fire that may have been started by illegal fireworks.

On Monday, LA County Fire Department gave a press briefing on Twitter reporting 1,300 acres burned in the Soledad Fire with 30 percent containment.

#SoledadFire Press Conference Update July 6, 2020.#LACoFD https://t.co/EjsrizxOjt

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) July 6, 2020

The blaze has scorched 1,200 to 1,500 acres close to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Santa Clarita, initiating evacuations and shutting down the 14 freeway temporarily. 

Firefighters battled a blaze in the #AguaDulce area last night that forced people to evacuate their homes. Others are ready to go if necessary. No cause yet but authorities say illegal fireworks were seen in the area about the time the blaze broke out. #SantaClarita. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/go7kNCsPTr

— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) July 6, 2020

The fire, dubbed the Soledad Fire, is still 0% contained and California is predicted to see dangerously high temperatures in the 90s on Monday.

Firefighters battled a blaze in the #AguaDulce area last night that forced people to evacuate their homes. Others are ready to go if necessary. No cause yet but authorities say illegal fireworks were seen in the area about the time the blaze broke out. #SantaClarita. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/go7kNCsPTr

— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) July 6, 2020 The fire shut down the Antelope Valley Freeway and evacuation orders were put into place for neighborhoods from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Briggs and Soledad Canyon to the 14 Freeway.

About 400 firefighters and three helicopters remained on duty overnight working to put out flames and clear lines of vegetation to contain them, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Sky Cornell said.Authorities are still in the process of investigating the cause of the fire but say it may have been ignited by fireworks."Fireworks are a big concern for firefighters and every community member out there, especially when you live in a brush area and that fire can threaten your home," said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Deputy David Richardson.

So far, no injuries have been reported. 

UPDATE | Evacuation Order in place from Agua Dulce Canyon Rd to Briggs & Soledad Canyon to 14 Frwy. | Red Cross has established a temporary evacuation site as of 8pm at Victory Outreach parking lot: 37419 25th St East, Palmdale 93550. Residents must remain in vehicles. #LACoFD

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) July 6, 2020

Evacuees were told to take small animals and report to the Victory Outreach parking lot at 37419 25th Street East in Palmdale but to stay in their cars due to COVID-19.

Press Conference for the #SoledadFire https://t.co/ato90dvXtw

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) July 6, 2020

Evacuation Order in place from Agua Dulce Canyon Rd to Briggs & Soledad Canyon to 14 Frwy. | Red Cross has established a temporary evacuation site as of 8pm at Victory Outreach parking lot: 37419 25th St East, Palmdale 93550. Residents must remain in vehicles.