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Lake fire in Castaic quickly grows to 500 acres near 5 Freeway

By in Press Enterprise on June 17, 2017

By Staff report

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CASTAIC >> A fire near Lake Castaic in dry, difficult terrain had rapidly grown to 500 acres as of 4 p.m. Saturday while 195 firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, plus firefighters from the Angeles National Forest, battled the blaze.

As of 4 p.m., there was no containment line and no mandatory evacuations of the area, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon.

“It’s a largely recreational area,” Licon said. “We are directing those that are in the area, just know that the air quality is going to be poor.”

The fire is in an area with difficult access near the 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road, LACFD Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service.

No structures were threatened, Singleton said. Firefighters were concerned about the flames spreading due to hot, dry conditions.

The fire was continuing to move into the Angeles National Forest at around 4:30 p.m., according to Licon. Access along dirt roads and into the forest was a challenge, as were winds of nine to 10 miles per hour that were helping to spread the fire, he said.

“Because it’s moving so quickly, the biggest issue is catching up to it,” Licon said. “It’s all in the forest now, mostly. We do have some spots burning close to the lake, but it’s (mostly in the forest).”

Three water-dropping helicopters were fighting the fire, and an unknown number of fixed wing aircraft had also been ordered, Licon said.

The National Weather Service reported the temperature in nearby Saugus was 97 degrees at […]    

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