[LA FEATURE]California Wildfires

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Coverage of brush fires across the state

Crews See Success Battling Southern California Wildfires

The two blazes have come amid an early fire season that is expected to be fierce

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    A firefighter hosed down a still-hot burned area of the Grand Fire in Kern County on Friday. Crews were continuing to work on the 4,358-acre blaze on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

    Firefighters gained ground Saturday on a pair of wildfires in rugged areas north of Los Angeles – the Los Padres National Forest and in the suburb of Castaic.

    The Grand Fire, which ignited in mountainous terrain midday Wednesday, has grown to more than 4,300 acres but was 80 percent contained, according to CAL Fire. The fire was expected to be fully encircled by Monday.

    Evacuations Lifted as Brush Fire Burns Toward Castaic Lake

    [LA] Evacuations Lifted as Brush Fire Burns Toward Castaic Lake
    A nearly 600-acre brush fire that prompted evacuations for 19 homes was lifted as the blaze headed toward Castaic Lake Friday. Northlake Hills Elementary was on lockdown when the flames came near the school. Whit Johnson reports from Castaic for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 17, 2013. (Published Friday, May 17, 2013)

    At one point, nearly 1,900 firefighters were working the Grand Fire, with costs estimated at $3.7 million. A state-run off-roading area in Hungry Valley and Piru Creek remained closed, as did roads leading into those places.

    Isolated flare-ups in unburned areas were occurring, CAL Fire said in its 6:30 a.m. update Saturday.

    Wildfire Quickly Spreads Near Frazier Park

    [LA] Wildfire Quickly Spreads Near Frazier Park
    A fast-growing, wind-driven fire in Los Padres National Forest grew to consume more than 2,500 acres in a short amount of time Wednesday. Frazier High School was evacuated, but no structures were threatened. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Frazier Park for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on May 15, 2013. (Published Thursday, May 16, 2013)

    Meanwhile, the Lake Fire, which broke out in the Castaic area just after 1 p.m. on Friday, was 75 percent contained after spreading to 712 acres, CAL Fire said at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

    The blaze had been reported at 575 acres on Friday evening.

    The fire had burned toward Castaic Lake after prompting the temporary evacuation of 19 homes, the lockdown of a nearby elementary school, and the closure of one lane of the 5 Freeway.
     


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