A fire fanned by erratic winds of up to 35 m.p.h. burned at least 85 acres of brush in the Newhall area Tuesday, threatening a film location, authorities reported.
The fire, which broke out shortly after 9 a.m., was almost fully extinguished by 1:30 p.m. without causing damage to structures, said Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The fire was most likely caused by smoldering embers or other hot material left from a county brush-clearance program about two weeks ago, said Battalion Chief Gordon S. Pearson. Even though the embers had been covered by dirt, they apparently still smoldered and ignited, he said.
The blaze began in the 25000 block of Running Horse Road and started burning westward along Placerita Canyon Road toward the Golden Oaks Ranch, where several Disney Westerns have been filmed, Pearson said.