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Brush fire prompts closure of Interstate 5 in Newhall [Updated]

August 4, 2010 | 12:27 pm

A brush fire broke out in Newhall this afternoon, prompting the closure of Interstate 5's northbound lanes.

Details about the brush fire were still unclear, but the L.A. County Fire Department said it was burning near the Calgrove Boulevard junction with Interstate 5.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m.: Two northbound lanes have been reopened and two remain closed, Caltrans officials said.]

The freeway closure was tying up traffic, with smoke covering some lanes, according to KTLA News. It was  unclear when the lanes would reopen.

The fire did not appear to be threatening homes or businesses.

-- Shelby Grad