Battle Against Castaic Lake Wildfire Continues Overnight

  • Battle Against Castaic Lake Wildfire Continues Overnight

Battle Against Castaic Lake Wildfire Continues Overnight

Fire officials say an 800-acre brush fire burning near Castaic Lake in the Angeles National Forest is about 20 percent contained.

CASTAIC A wind-blown fire in dry, hard terrain near Castaic Lake had rapidly grown to 1,000 acres and burned two outbuildings Saturday night.

A wildfire near Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles broke out Saturday June 17, 2017 in an area with hard access near 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road. Earlier in the day, another firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was taken to a hospital.

As of 12:18 p.m. Sunday no evacuation orders or road closures are in effect according to fire officials.

Castaic Lake is 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. No homes are threatened.

"On the first day, there was a lot of smoke and we couldn't see the perimeter", Judy told The Signal Monday morning.

Some firefighters were transported across the lake in boats, according to the Angeles National Forest.

"Firefighters were still able to get to the fire via a four-wheeler trail", the release continued.

By just after 4 p.m., the fire had burned more than 500 acres and was at zero percent containment despite fixed-wing aircraft called to the scene.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officials were reporting "zero containment at which point, the air assault intensified". The area is largely recreational, and a boat launch on the west side of the lake has remained open (the fire crews have closed the east boat launch).

The fire was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m.

Tall grass surrounding the lake had fueled the flames Saturday, contributing to its rapid expansion.