Brush Fire Closes 5 Freeway in Castaic – NBC Los Angeles


What to know

  • The Route Fire started Wednesday afternoon next to the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
  • Flames spread uphill, completely shutting down the 5 Freeway in northern Los Angeles County.
  • Firefighters battled the fire in triple-digit heat during one of the hottest times of the year in Southern California.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered when a wildfire burned near the 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles on a day of extreme late summer heat in Southern California.

The Route Fire burned at least 3,000 acres near the highway in Castaic, leaving a full closure of the main north-south route between Southern and Northern California through the state’s Central Valley at approximately 1:30 p.m. The fire was reported near Lake Hughes Road.

Details of how the fire started were not immediately available.

“We don’t expect containment at this time,” said Craig Little of the LA County Fire Department.

Little also said there are reports of seven firefighters suffering heat-related injuries.

Evacuations were ordered for Paradise Mobile Estates and any homes or businesses south of Templin Highway along Upper Ridge Route Road. All residents were ordered to evacuate northwards, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff said.

Evacuations ordered in these areas:

  • Paradise Mobile Estates
  • All homes and businesses south of Templin Highway along Upper Ridge Route Road
  • Structures north of Lake Hughes Road, east of the Golden Station (5) Freeway
  • Northlake Elementary School

LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, representative of the Fifth District, tweeted that Northlake Elementary School would evacuate all students and staff on campus because of the fire.

Northbound traffic was blocked by the area of ​​northern Los Angeles County.

Several fire-retardant and water-dripping aircraft were on the scene.

A wildfire burns near 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles on a day of extreme late summer heat in Southern California.

The fires are burning at the start of what is expected to be one of the warmest parts of the year in Southern California. Temperatures in the 90s and 100s are in the forecast until Labor Day weekend.

The hottest temperatures are expected on Sunday and Monday. Widespread three-digit heat will blanket the valleys and inland.

The afternoon temperatures in Castaic were around 100 degrees. The wind was 13 to 17 mph.

Fuel moisture levels are well below the historical average in parts of Southern California, meaning vegetation is drying out faster this year. Dry vegetation is an important factor in the spread of forest fires.

The state is coming off one of the driest late winters on record, leaving hills covered in dry brush.

California continues to experience extended wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change, according to CAL FIRE.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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