by David DeMullé
More than 100 firefighters fought a 21-acre brush fire in the Hansen Dam area Monday night and again on Tuesday morning. The fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday in the 10500 block of Woldrich Street near the Foothill (210) Freeway and across from the Rockin’ B Stable.
Firefighters were stymied in trying to get to the fire across the rugged terrain and called in ANF and L.A. County fire equipment to bolster their efforts. The fire quickly spread from two, to five, to 21 acres in a three-hour period. Waterdropping helicopters protected the equestrian area and Stable while ANF firefighters used handlines and shovels to contain the fire.
Although the LAFD stated that the fire was 100 percent contained around 1:00 am, flames re-ignited about an hour later and the night was filled with the sounds of police sirens racing down Wentworth to prepare evacuation efforts. There were more than nine LAPD vehicles and 17 officers assigned to the Marybell location.
Fire crews rotated out around 4:30 a.m. but line crews kept an eye on the fire zone as hot spots continued to flame up. No structures were damaged during the incident and Assemblywoman Patty Lopez spent many hours with Vikki Brink, owner of the Stable, helping out in keeping the horses calm. Units of the California Highway Patrol sealed off the Wheatland 210 freeway on- and off- ramps until 7 a.m.