Update: One lane has reopened. Updates can be found here.
A wildfire burned at least 150 acres north of Castaic and prompted officials to close down two lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway Saturday afternoon before firefighters stopped its spread, Angeles National Forest authorities said.
The blaze, dubbed the Five Fire, erupted shortly after 1 p.m. near Interstate 5, about two miles north of Templin Highway, U.S. Forest Service officials said. It was about 60% contained by 6:30 p.m.
California Highway Patrol closed down the lanes for an unknown duration while firefighters battled the blaze.
The fire was burning on Angeles National Forest land in the unincorporated Los Angeles County area.
By 3:30 p.m., officials said it appeared firefighters were getting the upper hand, with help from both Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department aircraft.
“Fire activity has slowed down,” U.S. Forest Service officials said via social media.
The fire’s spread was stopped by 4:30 p.m., officials said.
Firefighters expected to remain on scene through the night to increase containment lines and make sure the wildfire didn’t flare back up.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Photos from the scene showed a large cloud of smoke billowing over a stretch of dry grass adjacent to the highway where firefighters can be seen working to extinguish flames.
A car stopped on the side of the freeway looked charred and its wheels appeared melted.
The temperature at Castaic measured at about 98 degrees at the time the fire was reported.
KTLA’s Brian Day contributed to this report.
— Taylor Berlfein (@tayybry) August 3, 2019
— Michael Dubron (@MichaelDubron) August 3, 2019
Containment of the #FiveFire has grown to 60%. Crews will work overnight to finish containment lines and monitor the fire. A plane will fly over the fire to map it using infrared imaging.
— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) August 4, 2019
— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) August 3, 2019
SIGALERT IN CASTAIC: NB I-5 NORTH OF TEMPLIN HWY, THE #3 AND #4 LANES WILL BE BLOCKED FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE
— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) August 3, 2019