Castaic brush fire forces I5 NB lane closures


Northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shut down at Lake Hughes Road. Two northbound lanes were opened before 9 p.m. Friday and traffic was beginning to move.

At 1:30 p.m., the blaze had charred 3 to 5 acres. By 3 p.m. the fire had increased to more than 50 acres. By 4:15 p.m. the fire had grown to 150 acres.

By 5:45 p.m. the fire had grown to 500 acres. It was reportedly 10 percent contained.

At 8:10 p.m. the fire had grown to 650 acres.

Fire officials said flames were running uphill and they were fighting it from the air.

A total of six helicopters and three fixed-wing tankers were battling the blaze, along with 250 firefighters on the ground.

No structures were threatened. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA contributed to this report.

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