The Towsley Fire


The Towsley Fire
A small fire in Santa Clarita grew in size in a number of hours to raze a 20-acre field. The fire started on Thursday afternoon and destroyed one building. It spread far that it threatened to burn other structures in the area. It broke out near the Newhall Church of the Nazarene that is close to the entrance of the Towsley Canyon Park. This is according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Inspector Richard Licon said that it progressed to a three-alarm fire and burned 20 acres and an outbuilding. The building in question was a paintball park in Towsley. It had ballooned in size with less than 25% containment in less than three hours. The blaze threatened more than a dozen structures along The Old Road.

Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted and said that the progress had been stopped by ground and the air units. These units comprised of more than 200 firefighters who were working in the blazing heat. The fire raised temperatures to about 95 degrees in the area with the humidity falling to 25%. The Weather Channel reported that there were southwest winds with speeds of 10mph. Several aircraft and water-dropping helicopters had to be called in to assist with the efforts. The air tankers helped the Los Angeles City and Forest firefighters. The fire led to the closures of several roads including The Old Road at certain points and Interstate 5.

Other buildings within the area were evacuated including the Newhall church, the US Post Office, and the paintball park. It is important to note that no further evacuations took place. This is according to a report that was issued by the Sheriff’s Department. The Towsley fire was said to have been started by a smoke bomb. This bomb was used in a paintball game that was taking place at the outbuilding. The fire broke out along the 5 Freeway later on. The fire occurred north of the Freeway. The fire burned 10 acres of grass. There have been reports that the fire has been spurred by the rain. The downpours during the winter brought an end to the drought. It also allowed a new layer of grass to grow. Early summer fires spread rapidly when there is this type of grass. The layer of grass crop creates hotter fires that move fast because it carries fire easily.