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I-5 expected to fully reopen Monday after brush fire closures

June 10, 2012 | 11:59 am

5 Freeway to reopen Monday after brush fire closures

One lane of the northbound 5 Freeway was expected to remain closed until Monday, in the aftermath of a brush fire in Castaic that shut down the freeway completely Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Emergency equipment from fire crews blocked the far left lane of the freeway at Parker Road on Sunday, said Officer Francisco Villalobos of the CHP. The closure, about a mile and a half long, was not causing much backup in the light weekend morning traffic, he said. 

Authorities expect to reopen the freeway completely by noon Monday, Villalobos said. 

The blaze, which consumed about 500 acres, was fully contained Saturday afternoon. 

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Photo: Traffic on Interstate 5 near Castaic was at a standstill Friday because of a brush fire that caused the closure of all northbound lanes. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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