Palmdale brush fire scorches 60+ acres

About 200 firefighters, with the aid of water dropping helicopters, contained the blaze in less than an hour.

Smoke could be seen over the hill from miles away.

PALMDALE – A brush fire near Avenue S and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway blackened approximately 68 acres Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

“We were dispatched out to a reported grass fire at about 4:07 p.m., then we bumped that up to a full brush assignment, and then we bumped that up to a second alarm fire,” said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson.

Johnson said about 200 firefighters responded to the scene and were assisted by two bulldozers and water-dropping helicopters.

He said 20-mph winds kept the fire moving, but firefighters were still able to contain the blaze in less than an hour.

No evacuations were necessary.

Official knockdown was called at 5:01 p.m., fire officials said.

The site of the blaze, reported as Avenue S and Tierra Subida Avenue, was just a few miles away from the fire that burned 200+ acres near the Anaverde community on July 3.