Car plunges off Kanan Dume, starts fire

A car plunged 200 feet off the side of Kanan Dume road near Latigo Canyon Road Thursday around noon causing a brush fire, Los Angeles County Fire Captain Mark Savage confirmed.

Firefighters got the call from a witness at 11:56 a.m. who saw the car drive off the side of the road and start the brush fire. After the report came in firefighters responded with additional helicopters and hand crews. The fire burned two to three acres of brush and was out by around 1 p.m.

Savage credited the recent rains with helping to contain the fire quickly, saying without it the brush would have been much drier and the fire may have spread further.

While the fire is now out, crews remain on the scene.

No information about the vehicle’s passengers is currently known.

“We are assessing if the vehicle is occupied and the status of the occupants,” Savage said.

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