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Southern California wildfire shuts down I-5 near Castaic in both directions

Southern California wildfire shuts down I-5 near Castaic

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Smoke from the Route Fire is seen from a trail cam atop Whitaker Peak in Los Padres National Forest, north of Castaic, near I-5, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

Smoke from the Route Fire sometimes appears from the trail cam atop Whitaker Peak in Los Padres National Forest, north of Castaic, near I-5, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

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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.)

The #RouteFire has burned 3,000 acres. Stools are being ordered for everybody north of Lake Hughes Road and east of I-5. Please steer clear of the area, traffic is jammed and I-5 is supported. pic.twitter.com/8miTTFaYsp

Santa Clarita City (@santaclarita) September 1, 2022

Seven firefighters have suffered heat-related injuries while battling flames in the fire that quickly exploded, KTLA reported.

#RouteFire Angeles National Forest firefighters are assisting @LACoFDPIO @LACOFD with the Route Fire at Northbound I-5 Lake Hughes Rd | #Castaic.https://t.co/HYN9Gtqdgw#firefighters #fire #wildfires pic.twitter.com/iPdtq3boLB

Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF) August 31, 2022

Caltrans said at 3: 25 p.m. that northbound traffic was stopped at Lake Hughes Road in Castaic while southbound vehicles were being halted at Vista Del Lago. It’s unknown once the freeway will reopen. Caltrans advised taking alternate routes such as for example Routes 14 and 138.

The fire pumped out an enormous pyrocumulus and spawned fire tornadoes on Wednesday afternoon.

Caltrans said at 2:21 p.m. that I-5 near Castaic, Calif., was closed in both directions due to the Route Fire.

Caltrans said at 2: 21 p.m. that I-5 near Castaic, Calif., was closed in both directions because of the Route Fire.

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The blaze is hitting as a heat wave grips California with triple-digit temperatures forecast for inland areas

It is a developing story and details will undoubtedly be added because they become available.

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