Crews make progress against brush fire that closed 5 Freeway
Firefighters made progress early Friday evening in containing a brush fire that has grown to 650 acres near Castaic.
The fire is about 35% contained and has settled down significantly, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Tony Imbrenda.
“It’s laid down quite a bit,” he said.
Though the fire grew significantly after it was first reported about 1 p.m., it is not threatening any homes or structures. But it has caused the closure of northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway.
About 7:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said the CHP hoped to open some of the lanes to traffic “within an hour.”
-- Hector Becerra
Photo: An emergency vehicle tries to maneuver on the jammed freeway. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times