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5 Freeway near Castaic reopens some southbound lanes after brush fire

5 Freeway near Castaic reopens some southbound lanes after brush fire
All southbound lanes of 5 Freeway were closed late Tuesday morning due to a five-acre brush fire near Castaic.

A brush fire scorched five acres near Castaic Lake and prompted the closure Tuesday morning of the southbound 5 Freeway.

The fire, which started at about 10:39 a.m., was first spotted burning along the freeway and upper crossover, said John Wagner, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

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Flames ran uphill south of Paradise Ranch, west of Castaic Lake and toward radio towers, authorities said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter dropped off 11 firefighters to assist in fighting the fire, which was held at five acres.

At 11:22 a.m., the California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert, shutting down all southbound lanes. By 12:26 p.m., two lanes had been reopened, but fire mop-up efforts continued.

The remaining lanes will be closed until further notice.

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