Brush Fire Jams 5 and 14 Freeway Interchange in Newhall

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At least two lanes in each direction of the 5 Freeway at the Newhall Pass have been reopened after a fast-moving brush fire, whipped by strong Santa Ana winds gusting to 63 mph, briefly blocked traffic at the 14 Freeway interchange, authorities said.


A brush fire broke out near the 5 and 14 freeway interchange in Newhall on Oct. 5, 2013.

Crews from the city and county of Los Angeles and the Angeles National Forest were called to battle the blaze.

“Super scooper” planes were used to douse flames after the fire jumped to the west side of the 5 Freeway. By midafternoon, Capt. Thomas Richards of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said, no open flames were visible as firefighters brought the 10- to 15-acre fire under control.

Two lanes on each side of the 5 Freeway have been reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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