Large Brush Fire Burns Near Castaic Lake


Shortly after 3:30 p.m., LACo Fire PIO reported that they were requesting more fire personnel and are in?unified command? with the Angeles National Forest fire response team.

Almost 400 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were working to douse the flames, which broke out for unknown reasons about 2 p.m. Saturday near the Golden State (5) Freeway and Ridge Route Road. Two small outbuildings were reportedly destroyed. No evacuations have been ordered and there are no road closures, but the upper northeastern portion of the lake has been closed. The cause of the fire was unknown, but investigators said it started in a picnic area where campers can barbecue.

The fire was first reported around 2 p.m., and initial reports said it had grown from 5 acres to 175 acres.

An updated figured from Angeles National Forest officials might not be released until early evening, depending on the progress.

Access to fight the fire was limited, but fixed wing aircrafts and boats were brought in to fight the flames.

They battled throughout the night Saturday, emerging Sunday to report the fire had burned 1,000 acres and was 10 percent contained.

In Riverside County over the weekend, firefighters tackled a 10-acre brush fire near Beaumont, a 40-acre fire near Moreno Valley and a 20-acre blaze just north of Lake Elsinore.

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"The wind is cooperating with us right now", Licon said shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. The heat is raising concerns about other fires sparking.

The exponential fire growth that occurred on Saturday was partly due to the tall grass that thrived in the recent rains.