Clarita Fire: Small brush fire causes traffic jam on 5 Freeway in Newhall

Michelle Tunzee

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Firefighters used helicopters, bulldozers and ground crews from multiple agencies on a brush fire that erupted next to freeway ramps in Newhall Pass Saturday afternoon.

L.A. County Fire reported at 3 p.m. that the agency was in mop-up mode with no active flames burning throughout the 15 acres of brush. The California Highway Patrol tweeted that lanes were slowly reopening. 

The fire started at about 1:30 p.m. and led to the closure of the 5 Freeway where it connects to the 14 Freeway. No structures were threatened.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reports 100 ground personnel, two helicopters, one helitanker, one dozer and two hand crews are on the scene tending to the approximate 10-acre fire. 

The hillsides of Newhall Pass are known to catch fire during the dry season; winds gusting to 65 miles per hour were reported at 1:30 p.m. at a fire station about five miles from the blaze, according to City News Service. 

Crews from the city and county of Los Angeles, as well as the Angeles National Forest were called out to the fire.

Los Angeles Fire Department PIO Mike Parker tweeted this photo: 

Fires have erupted in other areas of SoCal Saturday with Cal Fire San Diego reporting a fire visible throughout North County at Camp Pendleton. The fire had burned 115 acres as of 3 p.m. and a base fire chief told San Diego's 10News that they had a "good portion" of the fire contained.

The team fighting the Camp Pendleton fire included about 225 firefighters and air support, which included a DC-10, a C-130, six air tankers and three strike teams, according to 10News.

RELATED: National Weather Service: Strong Santa Ana winds cause wildfire threat

This story has been updated. 

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