Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Large Brush Fire Burns Near Castaic Lake

163221 full The Latest: Wildfire starts at Los Angeles County lake
Kelly Saunders | 26 June, 2017, 01:03

By 9 p.m., the fire had burned 1,000 acres and was 10 percent contained, the LA County Fire Department announced in a tweet.

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.

"Things are looking good", said Nathan Judy, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.

Record-breaking temperatures that stoked a wildfire near Castaic Lake and other Southern California locations will continue to rise Monday and will peak on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Firefighters were concerned about the flames spreading due to hot, dry conditions, he said.

At 6 p.m., ANF officials reported containment of the fire to be 78 percent. Almost 400 firefighters and five aircraft are working on getting full containment of the fire on Monday.

No mandatory evacuations were in place, Licon said.

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At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officials were reporting "zero containment at which point, the air assault intensified".

The fire was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m.

In Palmdale, a 32-year-old heat record was broken on Sunday when temperatures climbed to 108 degrees.

"It's warming up already", he told The Signal Sunday. The fire, which broke out on Saturday, charred 800 acres and destroyed two outbuildings. "The firefighters will be out there, but there will be no shade for them".

By mid-Sunday morning, firefighters were working to tackle the east side of the fire as winds remained calm at four to eight miles per hour.

"We have a (bull) dozer line to the north", Licon said.

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