8-Acre Brush Fire in Santa Clarita Prompts Closure of Northbound 5 Freeway Lanes

KTLA viewer Everett Winer  sent in this photo showing smoke from the Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita on Sept. 20, 2016.

KTLA viewer Everett Winer sent in this photo showing smoke from the Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita on Sept. 20, 2016.

A nearly 8-acre brush fire in Santa Clarita prompted the temporary closure of the northbound 5 Freeway amid Tuesday afternoon rush hour.

The Calgrove Fire was burning along the northbound freeway south of Calgrove Boulevard, according to a brief emergency notification sent out by the Los Angeles County Fire Department just before 4 p.m.

Northbound lanes were closed at the busy interchange with the 14 Freeway, according to the Fire Department, which asked people to avoid the area. The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert.

The No. 1 and 2 lanes reopened soon after the SigAlert was issued, according to CHP’s Newhall Division. The No. 3 and 4 lanes reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

The fire was reported about 1 mile south of Calgrove around 3:30 p.m., according to CHP’s traffic incident log.

About 115 firefighters responded. Forward progress of the blaze was stopped within an hour, according to Fire Department tweet.

The fire had burned 7.8 acres and was 100 percent contained by 5 p.m.

“Fall season will bring Santa Ana winds,” the Fire Department warned. “STAY ALERT.”