Raging wildfire burns at least 1000 acres near Castaic Lake

Eloi Lecerf
Junho 19, 2017

CASTAIC A wind-blown fire in dry, hard terrain near Castaic Lake had rapidly grown to 1,000 acres and burned two outbuildings Saturday night.

Several blazes broke out across the state as temperatures soared this weekend.

As a result, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon told Los Angeles Daily News "that the air quality is going to be poor" in the area for people who are there to enjoy the lake.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in an area with hard access near the Golden State (5) Freeway and Ridge Route Road, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service. About 35 homes were briefly threatened by the flames.

Meanwhile in Northern California, authorities shut down northbound lanes of State Route 13 in Oakland as firefighters try to put out a grass fire.

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The fire, which has been dubbed the?Lake Fire, ? is reported to be at zero percent containment as of 4:09 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Public Information Officer Twitter. Los Angeles County is experiencing its first major heat wave of the year.

A firefighter has suffered a minor injury battling the blaze and was taken to an area hospital, said Judy, adding that the upper northeastern portion of the lake has been closed.

"Firefighters will be working throughout the day utilizing aircraft and troops on the ground to fight this fire", Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said. He says crews were able to clear brush surrounding the fire to stop its spread and that it appeared they had a handle on it.

The fire was contained around midnight.

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