Burning Truck Sets Off Two Brush Fires Along 5 Freeway in Gorman

The CHP issued a Sigalert at 3:03 p.m. shutting down lanes 3 and 4 of the northbound 5 Freeway at Vista Del Lago.

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Two brush fires in the Gorman area Saturday have burned more than 340 acres and were 30% contained.

The largest fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 36000 block of Quail Canyon Road, near Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Park, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The recreation area was evacuated, fire officials said. No structures were threatened.

By 5:20 p.m., the blaze had grown to 320 acres and spread into Ventura County, but fire officials reported just before 6 p.m. that fire activity had decreased, and containment lines were cleared around 15% of the blaze. They reported forward progress of the blaze stopped at 6:53 p.m. and later revised the size of the blaze to 340 acres.

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The first fire was touched off around 2:40 p.m., when a white GMC pickup became engulfed in flames on the right shoulder of the Golden State (5) Freeway near Vista Del Lago Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle's occupants were able to get out safely, the CHP said.

The  flames were burning uphill in two acres with winds from the south at 15 mph, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported when it arrived.

By 3 p.m., the flames had spread to five acres and into U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction.

The Forest Service reported about 5:55 p.m. that forward progress was stopped after the fire consumed just over five acres.

The two brush fires were about 10 miles apart and the Hungry Valley fire was not touched off by the first blaze, said L.A. County Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters. State park rangers first spotted the fire.

The CHP issued a Sigalert at 3:03 p.m., shutting down lanes 3 and 4 of the northbound 5 Freeway at Vista Del Lago. It reopened lane 3 about 4:30 p.m. The number 4 lane was reopened at 7:10 p.m.

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