Wildfire burns at least 170 acres near Castaic Lake; no structures threatened

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Firefighters held a wildfire from spreading further near Lake Castaic Saturday evening after it burned 170 acres, according to authorities.

Angeles National Forest tweeted about the brush fire just before 5 p.m., posting a photo of the lake with plumes of smoke emerging from the mountainous terrain around it. Shortly before 8 p.m., the agency said the fire was 30% contained with full containment expected Sunday.

Forest officials said no structures were being threatened by the blaze.

No evacuations have been ordered and no injuries reported.

Local fire officials tweeted photos of the wildfire, showing flames running along hillsides near the shoreline of the lake. Fire helicopters made water drops as the blaze tore through the dry terrain.

Lake Castaic has been closed amid the wildfire, authorities said.

Dry, warm weather has worsened fire conditions with temperatures in the area of the fire around 95 degrees, with 13 mph winds and gusts up to 19 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

About 120 miles southeast, across the Angeles National Forest, the Apple Fire burned through more than 18 square miles in the Cherry Valley area and sent at least 7,800 people fleeing from their homes.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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