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UPDATE: Soledad wildfire rises to 1,498 acres, 48% containment in Santa Clarita

Posted at 8:10 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 00:15:38-04

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — (UPDATE 7:00 p.m.) According to the L.A. County Fire Department, the Soledad wildfire has risen to 1,498 acres, 48% containment and one firefighter sustaining minor injuries.

(UPDATE 9:20 a.m.) The Soledad Fire has grown to 1,300 acres an 30% containment, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

During a press briefing Monday, officials said the fire sparked in the Santa Clarita area Sunday evening and quickly spread, jumping the 14 Freeway.

Officials said they believe the fire will continue to spread before they reach further containment.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is slowly making headway with a blaze that erupted Sunday evening, prompting evacuation orders for several areas from the Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Briggs and Soledad Canyon to the 14 Freeway.

The 1,100-acre Soledad Fire began near the Agua Dulce and Canyon Country Sunday. Since the initial spark, firefighters have gained 20% containment.

Officials have reported no injuries, but at least 4,795 structures are being threatened, including nine homes. 40 residents have been placed under evacuation orders.

The Red Cross set up a parking lot as a temporary site for shelter, but evacuees were required to stay in the vehicles, apparently because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The evacuation site was established at the Victory Outreach parking lot, 37419 25th St. East, Palmdale.

The county's Department of Animal Care and Control is using the Castaic Animal Care Center at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road to shelter large animals affected by the fire.