Lake fire burns 1000 acres near 5 Freeway; 10 percent contained

Firefighters battle a brush fire in a remote area near Castaic on Saturday

The second-alarm wildfire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. near Templin Highway and the 5 Freeway, fire officials said. The blaze spread to 1,000 acres and was 10 percent contained by the evening.

The fire near the lake's recreation area north of Santa Clarita prompted a voluntary evacuation, according to Richard Licon, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire is in an area with hard access near the Golden State (5) Freeway and Ridge Route Road, LACFD Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service. There were no homes threatened.

Licon briefly summarized the initial fire as heading northeast from the bank of Castaic Lake, which is toward the edge of county fire's jurisdiction, he said, and then in the forest.

"Initially, when we showed up, it was three to five acres in our area", he said, "and then it moved rapidly into the Angeles National Forest".

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

A fire near Castaic Lake is holding at about 1,000 acres, according to an Angeles National Forest official Sunday morning.

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Air and ground crews were fighting the fire, which sent plumes of black smoke soaring above the lake, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the Sierra Pelona Mountains.

The fire erupted at Zermatt and Pacific Crest drives around 11:50 a.m., said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy.

It's unclear how the fire started.

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