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Brush fire burns 3,000 acres in Castaic area, prompting road closures and evacuations

Brush fire burns 3,000 acres in Castaic area, prompting road closures and evacuations
The Charlie fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday in the 31000 block of Charlie Canyon Road, according to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station. (Paul Duginski)

A brush fire that broke out in the Castaic area Saturday afternoon saw its growth slow down overnight.

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The Charlie fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. in the 31000 block of Charlie Canyon Road, according to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station. It tore through about 3,000 acres by nightfall. By Sunday morning, it had grown to about 3,400 acres, with 10% containment.

Authorities said they ordered evacuations of 20 to 30 homes off San Francisquito Canyon Road. The road is now closed from Camp 14 to Lowridge Place.

“It’s a very remote area where the homes are kind of spread out,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron.

Lake Hughes Road is closed from Ridge Route to Dry Gulch Road, he added. A paintball park in the area was also evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters are hopeful they will be able to get a handle on the blaze with the help of cooler nighttime temperatures, Marron said. “We’re going to make a stand at the line that we have now, and hopefully be able to hold it right there.”

11:55 a.m.: This article was updated with new information on acres burned.

7:10 p.m.: This article was updated with information on evacuations and quotes from a fire official.

This article was originally published at 6:05 p.m.

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