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109-Acre Pine Fire Nearly 85 Percent Contained

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GORMAN (CBSLA.com) — A 109-acre brush fire burning in Gorman is now nearly 85 percent contained, according to officials.

The so-called Pine Fire, which consumed 109 acres of dry vegetation on the south side of state Route 138, also had threatened two homes, said the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The time of total containment has yet to be determined, said a department dispatcher.

The fire was first reported at 1:20 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Cement Plant Road and state Route 138, near Quail Lake, said Lt. John Rush of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Station. The blaze started near Pine Canyon Road which is why the fire was named Pine.

The blaze prompted the closure of Old Ridge Route, south of Route 138, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The fire also forced the closure of Lake Hughes Road at Pine Canyon Road and Three Points Road at Pine Canyon Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

Around 190 firefighters backed by two Super Scooper planes, one other fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters were deployed at the fire’s peak Friday afternoon, authorities said.

About half as many firefighters and 20 engines remained deployed Saturday evening, said county fire Dispatcher Michael Pittman.

On Saturday, a human skull was found near where the fire was first reported but there was no determination that the two were related.

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