PALMDALE – Hundreds of firefighters Tuesday night battled a wind-driven hillside brush fire near the 37000 Block of Avenue S in Palmdale.
“We have a third-alarm assignment with approximately 250 firefighters responding,” said L.A. County Fire Inspector Tony Imbrenda. “We have three water dropping helicopters from L.A. County Fire Department working the fire, there’re two [bull]dozer teams from L.A. County Fire, and we have a couple of [bull]dozer teams from U.S. Forest Service.”
By 11 p.m., the brush fire had burned more than 200 acres and was still spreading due to 20 mph winds.
“Because of strong winds, the rate of fire spread is pretty significant,” Imbrenda said.
Imbrenda said some structures were threatened early on, but were now out of danger.
“They’re talking about voluntary evacuation orders of the Lazy T Ranch area,” he said.
As of 11:15 p.m., the fire department had not requested home evacuations of any area; but they were asking residents in the surrounding areas to prepare themselves in case evacuations were ordered.
Elizabeth Lake Road, between 25th Street West and Godde Hill Rd, and Avenue S, West from Tierra Subida, were closed to make way for fire personnel and equipment.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.
UPDATED at 11:50 p.m. 7/3/2012: Around 11:45 p.m., the fire department called knockdown and moved to the mop up stage, which was expected to last through the night. The helicopters were being released and the department was maintaining fire watch, according to the last report from fire officials.