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Super Scoopers drop water on 30-acre brush fire in Gorman

March 14, 2014|By Kate Mather and Richard Winton

A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures.

The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people to avoid the area, according to tweets from @CHPSouthern.

Authorities initially said they would evacuate some people in the area, but shortly before 2:30 p.m. decided that no evacuations were necessary "at this time," according to Los Angeles County fire officials.

Television footage showed plumes of white smoke billowing in an area that appeared to be largely unpopulated. Fire officials told KCAL-TV Channel 9 there are three homes in the area.

The county extended the lease for two CL-415 Super Scoopers from Quebec, which can each carry 1,620 gallons of water and fly three hours before refueling, through March 15. 

The Super Scoopers, along with two helicopters from the Los Angeles Fire Department, were assisting in the firefight.  

Weather officials had warned of fire dangers amid higher-than-normal temperatures that were expected to hit the 90s this weekend in some areas.


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