Updated: Fire near I-5 in Valencia contained, officials plan to reopen freeway lanes

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Update 3:30 p.m.: Los Angeles County Fire officials say they have contained a small brushfire that forced the closure of two southbound Interstate 5 lanes on a busy summer travel day.

The fire burned nearly 13 acres before firefighters were able to bring it under control with ground crews and aerial water drops. Mop up efforts are under way.

California Highway Patrol officials plan to reopen the four-lane section of Interstate 5 between the Calgrove exit and the State Route 14 junction.

Traffic is reported to be slow in both directions, with lane closures to blame in southbound traffic and looky-loos to blame for northbound traffic.

The section of Interstate 5 affected, about 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, is a major artery for traffic between Los Angeles and the Central Valley.

Update 1:36 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol said the number three and four lanes of the southbound Golden (5) State Freeway, south of Calgrove Boulevard will be blocked until further notice due to the 10-acre, light-to-medium brush fire in Newhall.

California Highway Patrol officials say a small brushfire west of the Newhall Pass has forced the closure of two southbound Interstate 5 lanes on a busy summer travel day.

Los Angeles County Fire officials say the fire is holding at 9 acres, and report good progress from their ground crews and aerial water drops.

The fire is near Interstate 5 between the Calgrove exit and the State Route 14 junction.

Traffic is reported to be slow in both directions, with lane closures to blame in southbound traffic and looky-loos to blame for northbound traffic.

The section of Interstate 5 affected, about 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, is a major artery for traffic between Los Angeles and the Central Valley.

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