Brush fire sparks in Sylmar, homes potentially threatened

SYLMAR (KUSI) – A brush fire driven by high winds broke out in Sylmar tonight and quickly scorched as many as 20 acres while potentially threatening homes and prompting evacuations.

The blaze was reported just after 9 p.m. off the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway, near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Within about 30 minutes, the fire had burned 15-20 acres of brush and an unknown number of homes were potentially threatened, Stewart said.

The freeway was impacted and California Highway Patrol officers were summoned to control traffic.

“If you live in that area, please just pack up and leave now,” Stewart said.

Categories: California News, Wildfires