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UPDATED: Firefighters Knock Down 5-Acre Blaze In Canyon Country

Firefighters declared a 5-acre brush fire in Canyon Country knocked down less than an hour after it was reported, according to Fire Department officials. 

 “We had massive resources ready,” said Stephanie English, Fire Department spokeswoman. Within a half-hour of the blaze, English said three helicopters, two superscooper aircraft and a sky crane had been dispatched and was on the scene of the blaze.

 
“We’ve prestaged for events just like this starting this morning just for this purpose,” English said. "Because we knew that the threat was real, and we were more than ready to hit it.”
 
The report of the fire came less than a day after fire officials issued a red-flag warning, English said.
 

Bowman High School cancelled its afternoon session and evacuated students to the nearby Activities Center for release to their parents. The evening session was cancelled as well, according to a note emailed to parents by Bowman Principal Robin Geissler at 3:30 p.m.

The nearby Creative Years pre-school was also evacuated.

Luckily, 15 mph winds were not as bad as expected for the afternoon, she added, but that’s why preparation was such a priority. The winds are supposed to pick up Thursday evening and into Friday, English said.
 
No other evacuations were reported by officials.