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Brush fire that closed northbound 5 grows to 50 acres

June 8, 2012 |  3:53 pm


A brush fire that closed all northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway on Friday afternoon near Castaic has grown to about 50 acres.

The blaze 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.

An L.A. County Fire Department spokesman said about 3:20 p.m. that three fixed-wing air tankers had been ordered to fight the fire.

The flames are in an isolated area and are not threatening any homes or major structures, the official said.
It was not clear when the northbound freeway lanes would be reopened.


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