by David DeMullé
A wildfire possibly started by an automobile accident Monday morning burned more than 50 acres in the L.A. County portion of Little Tujunga Canyon and required the efforts of the LAFD, Cal Fire and the Erickson Sky Crane to extinguish it.
The initial alarm came in about 5:15 a.m. with a call for help in putting out a one-acre fire. By 5:30 a.m., the fire had grown to five acres with little wind. As the sun came up, the winds increased and the fire whipped down Little Tujunga Canyon toward the horse ranches at Gold Creek Crossing. The fire roared out of control for about an hour with flames climbing to 100 feet and touching the high voltage power lines.
Water-dropping helicopters and a bulldozer quickly stopped the forward movement of the fire and county firefighters set back fires to secure the area. The fire was knocked down by 11 a.m. but ground crews stayed at the scene until 5 p.m. putting out hot-spots. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.
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