Jun 5, 2016

Calabasas fire is 80% contained

Calabasas, CA
West Hills, Los Angeles, CA
USA
by
Garrett Therolf, Frank Shyong and Rosanna Xia
,
Los Angeles Times
A firefighter rushes to battle flames as brush fires broke out in the Calabasas and West Hills areas. Photo: Brian Vander Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A firefighter rushes to battle flames as brush fires broke out in the Calabasas and West Hills areas. Photo: Brian Vander Brug, Los Angeles Times)

Fire officials said much of vegetation and brush had not burned in more than 70 years. Multiple years of drought left the mature brush extremely dry and ready to burn.

The blaze was actually three fires that began about 4 p.m. Saturday and eventually merged into one large fire, officials said...

Since Thursday, a ridge of high pressure has warmed Southern California, prompting weather officials to warn of an enhanced heat risk on Saturday...

The Southland heat wave did not produced any records, but Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard called the temperatures “significantly above normal,” 10 to 20 degrees higher than average in many areas