Buckweed fire scorches 37,800 acres in Agua, Canyon Country and Saugus
AGUA DULCE – The so-called Buckweed Fire, which has scorched an estimated 37,800 acres in Agua, Canyon Country and Saugus since it started Sunday, was 27 percent contained today, authorities said. The Buckweed Fire began in Mint Canyon west of Agua Dulce about 1 p.m. Sunday and was about 20 percent contain after firefighting aircraft were grounded at sundown yesterday. Though no cause has been determined, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said fire investigators were trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set. A fire that broke near Santiago and Silverado canyons in Irvine before dawn yesterday was believed to have been started by an arsonist, according to Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said three people and a firefighter were injured Sunday in connection with the Buckweed Fire, but none have occurred since. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Most schools in the area were closed today, including those in the the Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus Union, Sulphur Springs, and William S. Hart school districts. Also closed was the College of the Canyons. Evacuation shelters remained open at Saugus and Golden Valley high schools. Fifteen homes, 17 outbuildings and 40 vehicles were destroyed. Also destroyed were bridges at Vasquez Canyon at Bouquet Canyon Road and Vasquez Canyon at Sierra Highway, said Deputy Dana Camarillo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. A total of about 15,000 residents were evacuated at some point, but all were allowed to return home yesterday, according to Santa Clarita city officials. Among the structures destroyed Sunday was the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office in the Angeles National Forest at 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, said Kathy Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!