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Brush fire leads to evacuation of elementary school, neighborhood near Castaic

October 26, 2010 |  1:31 pm

Dozens of firefighters fought a brush fire in the Castaic area that charred at least three acres Tuesday afternoon and led to evacuations of an elementary school and a residential neighborhood, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

The blaze was reported around 12:30 p.m. near the Lake Hughes Road exit of the southbound Interstate 5, said Inspector Frederic Stowers. The fire was burning in light brush and being pushed in a southerly direction by winds gusting up to 20 mph.

At least 150 firefighters were on scene, as were water-dropping aircraft, Stowers said.

"They are making good progress on it but are continuing the fight," Stowers said.

Authorities evacuated North Lake Hills Elementary School and a residential neighborhood around Big Oak Lane, fire officials said.

-- Andrew Blankstein