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Photos: Highway fire in Castaic reaches 5,000 acres


Triple-digit temperatures and dry vegetation created a rapid spread of the Route fire in Castaic.

As of Thursday morning, the Route Fire has burned over 5,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

The Route Fire began around noon Wednesday and had grown to around 60 acres by the time Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the scene, according to the LA County Fire Department on Twitter. Flames burned about 250 acres at 5:27 p.m. near Lake Hughes Road on northbound Interstate 5, LACFD added.

A helicopter drops water on the Fire Road in Castaic.

(Ringo HW Chiu/Associated Press)

A firefighter works on hot spots as a helicopter prepares to drop water on the Road fire in the background.

A firefighter works on hot spots as a helicopter prepares to drop water on the fire road in Castaic.

(Ringo HW Chiu/Associated Press)

Enveloped in smoke, a tanker plane drops a retarder on the Fire Road in Castaic.

Enveloped in smoke, a tanker plane drops a retarder on the Fire Road in Castaic.

(Ringo HW Chiu/Associated Press)

Strong winds fan the embers of a hot spot at the Road fire in Castaic.

Strong winds fan the embers of a hot spot at the Road fire in Castaic.

(Ringo HW Chiu/Associated Press)

A bulldozer works to build a line of fire as flames and smoke rise behind.

A bulldozer works to build a fire line on the fire road in Castaic.

(Ringo HW Chiu/Associated Press)


Los Angeles Times

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