Jake Fire: Forward Progress Halted After Blaze Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations in Santa Clarita

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Firefighters are mopping up after a small brush fire in the Santa Clarita area that threatened homes and prompted evacuations at two schools on Wednesday afternoon. The Jake Fire erupted just before 1 p.m. in the in the 21500 block of Deputy Jake Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Within 40 minutes, the blaze had grown to about 7 acres and was 0% contained. But firefighters were able to make quick work of the fire, with ground crews receiving significant support from water-dropping aircraft. By 1:55 p.m. forward progress had been stopped and all evacuation orders were lifted. The fire charred a total of 9 acres. Students from Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary School were evacuated to Newhall Elementary School at 24507 Walnut St. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the Newhall school. The Master’s University campus south of Placerita Canyon Road between Pepperide Drive and Aden Avenue was also briefly evacuated, according to the city’s emergency website. Classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day, the college tweeted. Officials asked people to avoid the area of Deputy Jake Drive and Kirsch Court amid the firefight. Firefighters faced favorable conditions, unlike with last week’s area wildfires, which were fueled by some of the most powerful Santa Ana winds to hit the region in over a decade. Lights winds of about 7 mph were blowing from a southwesterly direction, according to the National Weather Service. Humidity was about 10%.

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