Castaic Lake fire now 800 acres, 20 percent contained

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 26, 2017

Shortly before 6:00 p.m., the L.A. County Fire PIO reported via Twitter that the blaze near Castaic Lake has reached 550 acres.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Ron Singleton says the fire at Castaic Lake grew "really fast" on Saturday but was in a remote area.

As of 9 p.m., the fire was 10 percent contained.

"Four helicopters are now working on that spot", ANF spokesman Nathan Judy said, noting water-dropping helicopters knocked down the flare up quickly after it started.

Residents who had to flee a wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountain community of Wrightwood are returning home as firefighters gain a handle of the small blaze. We're encouraging them to drink lots of water and electrolytes.

"Most like the acreage won't change, but the containment will", Judy said, noting there was no large advance for the fire overnight. Information will be updated as it is released and confirmed by fire officials.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said on Monday morning the fire was "looking like it was yesterday", with no smoke and "just a little bit of haze this morning".

A wildfire near Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles broke out Saturday June 17, 2017 in an area with hard access near 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road. There were no injuries reported as of 5:30 p.m.

As the sun went down on the first day of firefighting, the Lake Fire had burned 550 acres and was not contained but firefighters got a break.

No mandatory evacuations were in place, Licon said.

In Palmdale, a 32-year-old heat record was broken on Sunday when temperatures climbed to 108 degrees. The heat is raising concerns about other fires sparking.

"It's warming up already", he told The Signal Sunday. "The firefighters will be out there, but there will be no shade for them".

The fire destroyed two outbuildings, and one firefighter battling the flames was taken to the hospital with minor injures. LA County Fire officials are remaining on scene to assist. The west side of Upper Castaic Lake is still open for recreational use.

"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".

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