Brush fire threatening homes near Santa Clarita amid red-flag conditions

Martindale fire in Santa Clarita. <span class="copyright">(KTLA)</span>
Martindale fire in Santa Clarita. (KTLA)

A brush fire ignited Monday afternoon above Santa Clarita, enveloping 300 acres within minutes as it burned with “a rapid rate of speed,” fire authorities said. It comes amid heightened fire danger in Southern California with rising temperatures and strengthening winds.

The blaze, which has been dubbed the Martindale Fire, broke out just after 3 p.m., burning a 10-acre area about 15 miles northeast of Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Within about 20 minutes, it had spread to 200 acres. The fire is moving south, buffeted by “gusty winds,” the Angeles National Forest Service said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department ordered residents to evacuate about a dozen homes south of Bouquet Reservoir, between the dam and mile marker 11.5. Authorities issued an evacuation warning for the area south of mile marker 11.5 to Texas Canyon Fire Station. Some

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