Lake Fire in Castaic Now 60 Percent Contained

Firefighters battle a brush fire in a remote area near Castaic on Saturday

KABC Firefighters battle a brush fire in a remote area near Castaic on Saturday

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near Castaic Lake in northwest Los Angeles County Saturday afternoon, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest teams now have the fire 10% contained.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said on Monday morning the fire was "looking like it was yesterday", with no smoke and "just a little bit of haze this morning".

The fire is in an area with hard access near the 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road, LACFD Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service. No evacuations have been ordered and there are no road closures, but the upper northeastern portion of the lake has been closed. Earlier in the day, another firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was taken to a hospital.

The fire's estimated time of full containment is about 6 p.m. Friday, according to the USFS.

"Firefighters were still able to get to the fire via a four-wheeler trail", the release continued.

Three water-dropping helicopters and an unknown number of fixed-wing aircraft were working to help contain the blaze, Singleton said.

However, the lake was expected to remain open to recreational boats Sunday via the western ramps, officials said.

Los Angeles County Fire Public Information officials are reporting the Lake Fire has burned 1,000 acres with 10 percent containment.

The National Weather Service reported the temperature in nearby Saugus was 97 degrees at 3 p.m., with relative humidity 23 percent and southwest winds of 10 miles per hour gusting to 18 miles per hour. The heat is raising concerns about other fires sparking.

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