South Fire in Newhall Reaches 75 Percent Containment

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Crews continued to make progress Sunday on a brush fire near Santa Clarita.

The South Fire burns vegetation in the Newhall area on June 9, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)
The South Fire burns vegetation in the Newhall area on June 9, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The South Fire broke out Saturday near the 5 Freeway and Calgrove Boulevard in Newhall. The blaze burned about 175 acres and was 75 percent contained as of Sunday evening, the Los Angeles County Fire Department stated on Twitter.

The fire forced mandatory evacuations for dozens of residents, but those orders were later lifted, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. At one point, about 200 homes were being threatened by the flames, authorities said.

Two northbound lanes on the 5 Freeway were also temporarily closed while the firefight got underway, according to Caltrans.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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