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Firefighters put out fast-moving fire threatening homes in Lancaster

Firefighters halt grass fire burning near homes in Lancaster
Firefighters halt grass fire burning near homes in Lancaster 00:48

A fast-moving brush fire in Lancaster that torched 500 acres, damaged some buildings and nearly reached a community of homes on Sunday has been contained by firefighters. 

It's unclear exactly when the blaze, dubbed the Max Fire by firefighters, was first reported, but they quickly upgraded the status to Third Alarm as they continued to battle the flames, which were being fueled by strong winds in the area. 

Aerial view of the Max Fire, burning near a community of homes in Lancaster on Sunday.  KCAL News

The fire was first reported near W. Avenue Land 80th Street West. 

SkyCal flew over the site of the fire, where a building and an RV could be seen completely engulfed by flames. The area was surrounded by acres worth of charred and blackened brush.

The Max Fire burned 40 miles inland from the massive Post Fire, which has currently torched more than 12,200 acres near the Gorman community and the I-5 Freeway. 

Evacuation warnings were ordered for some people living near the spot of the blaze but never turned into orders as crews were able to contain the forward spread by 8 p.m. By Monday morning, evacuation warnings were lifted.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.   

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