Firefighters battling 500-acre blaze near Castaic Lake

The Lake Fire is moving at
The Lake Fire is moving at "moderate" speed northeast into the Angeles National Forest, according to fire officials.
Los Angeles County Fire

Various firefighting forces are engaging a growing brush fire north of Castaic Lake near Santa Clarita that grew from five acres at around 2 p.m. to about 500 acres shortly after 4 p.m., according to fire officials.


The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, was moving at "moderate" speed northeast into the Angeles National Forest, said Inspector Richard Licon of the L.A. County Fire Department. No structures are threatened. Personnel from L.A. County Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are fighting the blaze, Licon said. Several water-dropping choppers are also fighting the blaze. 

Below is tweeted-out video from L.A. County Fire Department:


Another brush fire in the Wrightwood area of San Bernardino County caused some road closures and evacuations, according to authorities.

At 11:49 a.m., fire officials got the call about a brushfire off Zermatt Drive, according to Nathan Judy, U.S. Forest Service spokesman. As of 2:45 p.m., the fire is holding at seven acres, but there were homes and cabins threatened. Structure protection has been established at those locations, Judy said.

The fire was spreading at a “moderate” rate, but “it’s looking really good right now,” Judy told KPCC. 

Major highways are still open, and regular travel routes should not be affected. There were also no injuries reported.

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