Small brush fire puts hillside neighborhood on the defensive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Cindy Wise, 34, made her son, Jacob, 7, and daughter, Avery, 3, stand near the family truck as she grabbed a safe and her computer that contained family photos. “Thank God my husband cleared the brush near the fence,” she said. Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Ed Lozano said the fire was reported at 1:34 p.m. By the time it was out at 2:04 p.m., the hillside blaze had blackened almost three acres, but no structures were damaged. Battalion Chief Michael Singer said wetting down the green hillsides as the fire crept uphill was a good idea, but protecting wooden accessories in yards and on houses is better. “All those wooden fences or decorations on the houses could catch an ember if we had a good wind,” he said. SAUGUS – A three-acre brush fire that threatened power lines near a Saugus neighborhood Tuesday afternoon had neighbors in the ridgeline community behind Deer Springs Drive out with their garden hoses. “I was upstairs working on my computer when I smelled something like a wood barbecue,” said Chris Crouse, 38. “I looked out the back window and about four houses down, I could see the ridge on fire and called 911. I ran out of the house and got the neighbors out. “About the fourth house down, there was a baby sitter who didn’t speak English. She was trying to tell me something, but I told her she needed to get out of the house and across the street.” Kevin Podratz, 14, was home with his sister when he saw the smoke out a window and called his father. Angeles National Forest Battalion Chief Karen Bauman, whose Forest Service crew worked alongside county firefighters, was patrolling the perimeter making notes for investigators. The fire came within a mile of the Angeles Forest boundary in Bouquet Canyon. “The fire is inside the county, but close enough for us to be concerned, especially since the wind is blowing that way,” she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more