150 Acre Wildfire in Castaic Shuts Down Lanes on Northbound 5 Freeway

A 150-acre wildfire broke out off the 5 Freeway Saturday afternoon, about two miles north of the Templin Highway, in the Angeles National Forest.

The Angeles National Forest tweeted that the fire will be called the #5Fire and it is 20 percent contained. Firefighters are working in some of warmet conditions of the year in the rugged area north of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations section was on the scene to assist with putting out the fire.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sigalert on the northbound 5 Freeway, closing two lanes.

The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. by a witness who told the California Highway Patrol that a black Kia Sorento was burning on the right shoulder, the CHP said. By 12:53 p.m. the car was fully engulfed in flames which were pushed by northeast winds into the brush along the road.

The fire had a "moderate rate of spread," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said.

All northbound freeway lanes were shut down at 1:17 p.m. but lanes 1 and 2 were reopened at 1:20 p.m. and a Sigalert was issued keeping lanes 3 and 4 shut down indefinitely, the CHP said.

It is unknown how long those lanes will be closed.

No injuries were reported, Judy said.

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