Update: ANF Reports Warm Fire In Castaic At 300 Acres, 50 Percent Containment Monday -- August 17, 2015

Angeles National Forest officials are reporting infrared mapping shows the Warm Fire in Castaic is at 300 acres with 50 percent containment, officials said Monday evening.

Two firefighters have been relieved due to minor injuries, officials announced Monday evening.

Fire officials will continue to battle the fire into the night.

Two helicopters and a DC 10 air tanker were used to fight the fire Monday, according to Stephanie English, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Photo of smoke from the Warm Fire from the command post taken around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Angeles National Forest firefighters, along with several other agencies, battled the Warm Fire in Castaic through the night Sunday.

“We want to take an aggressive action on this (fire) to keep it small,” said Mike Alarid, Division Chief of the Santa Clara – Mojave River Ranger District and in command of the fire operation.

The fire reached 500 acres as of 10:30 p.m. Sundayaccording to ANF officials.

“We’re still constructing hand-line and hose-lace that we’re continuing going direct. we have dozers clearing contingency lines,” said Rudy Medrano, ANF Battalion Chief and Operations leader for the incident, Sunday night.

Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials have crews on scene as well. The LACoFD is assisting with structure defense while CHP and SCV Sheriff’s are assisting with traffic control.

“Right now, it’s small ground crews that are working to contain the fire,” said Deputy Tidbal, of the SCV Sheriff’s Station, Sunday night.

Crews working to contain the fire had to battle rough, steep terrain.

About 170 personnel are working to extinguish the fire, according to ANF officials.

The fire is located near Lake Hughes Road and the Warm Springs Rehab Center, where six structures burned, according to ANF officials.

Two dorms at the rehab center were destroyed along with outbuildings, said Deputy Chief of the north division for LACoFD.

A total of six vacant structures have been burned, according to ANF officials.

Six air tankers, five medium helicopters and two heavy heli-tankers were used to fight the fire Sunday.

The fire began around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the area near the Warm Springs Rehab Center, ANF officials said. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Both Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson investigators and investigators with ANF are on scene.

No injuries have been reported. No structures are threatened.

Southern California has “de-energized” power lines in the area.

The Warm Fire has the potential to grow to 2,000 acres, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Miguel Ornelas.

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