Placerita Fire burns near homes in Santa Clarita

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says firefighters have contained 50 percent of a blaze sparked Sunday when a auto crashed on freeway quickly. The flames spread from the crash site to nearby brush.

The fire quickly grew to about 800 acres (320 hectares), sending plumes of smoke into the air and prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of State Route 14 east of Santa Clarita and issue mandatory evacuation as a precaution. No other injuries or structure damages have been reported, Marrone said.

County fire officials didn't say if the burned structure was a home.

At least 200 county firefighters have been dispatched to fight the fire and there was zero containment as of 3 p.m., according to the county fire department.

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The U.S. Forest Service sent aircraft, engines and hand crews to assist their Los Angeles County counterparts in battling the wildfire. The shelter was also able to house pets and larger animals, including horses, sheriff's officials said. Additionally, the area of Disney Ranch has experienced a power outage as a result, affecting 76 homes.

Authorities report that the northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway have been closed at Newhall, while the southbound lanes have been closed at Golden Valley.

At this time, Highway 14 has been closed in both directions until further notice. Chuck Becerra of the Santa Clarita Station added the driver in the freeway accident sustained non-life threatening injuries. "That is what started the #PlaceritaFire", sheriff's officials said via Twitter.

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