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Freeway auto crash sparks fire near Los Angeles

Freeway auto crash sparks fire near Los Angeles”

Placerita Fire burns near homes in Santa ClaritaDue to high winds and scorching temperatures above 100 degrees, the fire pushed out of control, jumping to both sides of the 14 Freeway, fire officials said. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash was unharmed, said Joey Marrone, a spokesman with the fire department.

The fire was burning towards Disney Ranch, and has resulted in the dispatch of at least 60 firefighters.

Firefighters requested Los Angeles County sheriff's officials to begin evacuating residents as the embers were expected to begin threatening homes around 1:50 p.m. No other injuries or structure damages have been reported, Marrone said.

The fire quickly grew to about 800 acres (320 hectares), sending plumes of smoke into the air and prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of State Route 14 east of Santa Clarita and issue mandatory evacuation as a precaution.

The U.S. Forest Service sent aircraft, engines and hand crews to assist their Los Angeles County counterparts in battling the wildfire.

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The fire is burning with no containment amid a heat wave in canyons about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

A traffic collision, Simms said, in the area spread to the nearby brush which started the fire.

This article was originally posted at 3:25 p.m. By 4:45 p.m., the northbound side of the 14 Freeway was back open, and the southbound side opened less than an hour later.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt.

"Please drive SAFELY. We don't want another traffic collision".

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