Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Castaic Lake fire is now 60 percent contained

Castaic Lake fire is now 60 percent contained

By Monday, the blaze was 60 percent contained.

Los Angeles County Firefighters are responding to a brush fire that has grown to 500 acres near Castaic Lake and reported to be at zero percent containment.

A wildfire at Castaic Lake quickly grew to hundreds of acres within hours.

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The fire had burned about 1,000 acres as of 9 p.m., but retardant drops higher humidity and cooler evening temperatures slowed fire activity and 10 percent was contained by a line of cleared brush, officials said. The fire had kept relatively close to the same size it was the night before, said Nathan Judy, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in an area with hard access near the 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Singleton previously told City News Service.

The main "handle" for the fire will come from Angeles National Forest officials, as the fire is now predominantly burning into "backcountry" forest territory, Licon said. Information will be updated as it is released and confirmed by fire officials.

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The fire destroyed two outbuildings, and one firefighter battling the flames was taken to the hospital with minor injures.

Authorities are anxious about the hot temperatures today. "The firefighters will be out there, but there will be no shade for them".

"On the first day, there was a lot of smoke and we couldn't see the perimeter", Judy told The Signal Monday morning. "We hope they'll keep continuing the good work on the fire".

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Firefighters were gaining control over a brush fire that forced the evacuation of a handful of homes in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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