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Brush Fire Near I-5 in Castaic 80% Contained

CASTAIC, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters hoped to fully contain a brush fire off the 5 Freeway in Castaic by the end of the day Tuesday.

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Firefighters battle a brush fire in Castaic. (May 13, 2013)

The blaze had burned about 50 acres and was more than 80 percent contained Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire broke out amid triple-digit temperatures across Southern California on Monday.

A big rig caught fire on the northbound side of the freeway, and the flames then spread to nearby brush, authorities said.

The fire threatened the Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park, but no evacuations were ordered, sheriff’s officials said.

It forced the closure of all but one lane on the northbound 5 Freeway near Templin Highway, snarling traffic for miles.

One northbound lane was expected to remain closed until about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

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