Evacuations lifted after fire burns nearly 4K acres near Santa Clarita

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Evacuations were lifted Sunday evening after a fast-moving brush fire in northern Los Angeles County burned 3,800 acres.

Flames were first reported around 3 p.m. Saturday in the remote Castaic area north of Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain. The fire grew to 1,200 acres within two hours and was up to 3,000 acres by 7 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Ground crews initially had a hard time reaching the flames, but helicopters and jets helped drop water on the fire until nightfall. Crews resumed the fight Sunday morning, and officials in Santa Clarita reported the fire was 20-percent contained by that evening.

Crews named the blaze "Charlie Fire" after Charlie Canyon Road, where flames were first spotted.

Officials ordered evacuations for homes and other buildings along San Francisquito Canyon Road Saturday. A paintball course and an equestrian park in the area were among the businesses potentially threatened by the fire. But by Sunday evening, all evacuations were lifted and roads were opened to residents.

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