A brush fire in Southern California exploded to 3,000 acres within 6.5 hours on Wednesday, triggering evacuations and shutting down a portion of Interstate 5 in both directions near Castaic, 40 miles northwest of LA, officials said.
The Route Fire started soon after noon near northbound I-5 at Lake Hughes Road, the LA County Fire Department said. At 6: 30 p.m., the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said it had grown to 3,000 acres. A number of mandatory evacuations premiered through the entire afternoon, including north of Lake Hughes Road, south of Templin Highway (includes Paradise Ranch Mobile Estates), east of I-5 and west of Castaic Lagoon. (Get evacuation updates from the sheriff’s station on Twitter.)