Firefighters Face Another Day Of Triple-Digit Heat In Castaic Brush Fire Battle

The fire burns near Castaic Lake on Saturday. Austin Dave  The Signal

Los Angeles County Firefighters are responding to a brush fire that has grown to 500 acres near Castaic Lake and reported to be at zero percent containment.

Some firefighters were transported across the lake in boats, according to the Angeles National Forest.

Within 80 minutes of first hearing of the fire, however, the Lake Fire burned 175 acres, said Captain Ron Singleton of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. No evacuations have been ordered and there are no road closures, but the upper northeastern portion of the lake has been closed.

The fire destroyed two outbuildings, and one firefighter battling the flames was taken to the hospital with minor injures.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Originally officials say it scorched 1,000 acres, but Sunday night crews have scaled that estimate back.

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Meanwhile in Northern California, authorities shut down northbound lanes of State Route 13 in Oakland as firefighters try to put out a grass fire.

"When wildland firefighters and engines got on scene, they found people already trying to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby cabin", according to a release on the Alaska Wildland Fire information website. There were no injuries reported as of 5:30 p.m.

"The wind is cooperating with us right now", Licon said shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday.

After a day of working in triple digit heat, Licon expressed concern over a second full day in the same heat.

"Initially, when we showed up, it was three to five acres in our area", he said, "and then it moved rapidly into the Angeles National Forest".

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