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CASTAIC, Calif. (KABC) -- As several brush fires ignited across Southern California amid a scorching heat wave, another brush fire broke out near Castaic Lake Saturday afternoon, charring 170 acres.

The blaze was reported around 4 p.m. in a remote area along Castaic Lake Drive, but it quickly grew in size.

A few hours after it ignited, firefighters managed to stop forward spread of the flames.

The fire, at 0% containment, is burning in the Angeles National Forest but Los Angeles County firefighters were assisting in the fight.

Crews were expected to stay on scene overnight to build containment lines and stamp out any hot spots.

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Sparks top Lynx to snap Minnesotas four-game winning streak

The Lynx had been one of the WNBA’s better defensive teams through the first six games of the season. That end of the floor was why Minnesota started 5-1.

Sure, three of those wins came against the likes of Connecticut and New York, two teams that lack serious firepower, but Minnesota also contained Chicago and Indiana, two of the league’s better offenses.

Still, bottling up a team with as many weapons as the Los Angeles Sparks possess Sunday would have delivered another serious statement.

That statement was not made.

Instead, Los Angeles proved to have too much for Minnesota to handle, topping the Lynx 97-81 in Bradenton, Fla., to snap Minnesota’s four-game winning streak.

The Sparks shot a blistering 66 percent from the floor, while going 13 for 22 from three-point range. Riquna Williams paced Los Angeles (4-3) with 21 points, while former Lynx guard Seimone Augustus added 13. Minnesota’s defense seemed a step behind all afternoon.

“They have a lot of shooters, so we kind of had to rush them off the three-point line,” Lynx guard Bridget Carleton said. “They were hitting, they got hot, and then our second line of defense wasn’t there to help. And when it was there, they were able to kick it out for an open look, so the help wasn’t always there, and we got in trouble a couple times with that.”

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Minnesota “basically played the game without our Big 3 today,” as Sylvia Fowles missed the game with a calf injury and Napheesa Collier and Damiris Dantas were not supplying their usual production.

Still, Minnesota (5-2) hung around, actually taking a third-quarter lead. It was the guards who led the way for the Lynx. Rookie Crystal Dangerfield was outstanding, pouring in 29 points, while Carleton added 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting.

“I told (those two) how much I appreciated what they gave us today,” Reeve said.

But it wasn’t nearly enough.

“We just didn’t execute a lot of what we wanted to do, but you’ve got to give L.A. credit,” Reeve said. “L.A. is a good team, I think one of the teams here that people think have a chance to win it all. but we were hoping to be better defensively and just didn’t get it done.”

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“I have no idea. That’s just not how I think. We didn’t get done what we were trying to get done today,” Reeve said. “We didn’t win the game. We’ve got to move on and figure out how we’re going to beat Washington (on Tuesday).”

That will require a stronger defensive effort, to be sure.

“I know defense is what we pride ourselves on,” Carleton said, “and it wasn’t there tonight.”

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