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Brush fire shuts down northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic

All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shut down Friday afternoon due to a small brush fire near Castaic.

The four-acre fire was reported at 1 p.m. at Parker Road, said Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol. The freeway was closed just south of the fire, at the Lake Hughes Road exit.

Helicopters hovered overhead, dropping water on the blaze.

"Due to visibility and to allow emergency equipment to get through to fight the fire, we took precautions and shut it down," Villalobos said.

He said it was not clear when the lanes would be reopened.

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