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UPDATE: Fire crews contain blaze near freeway

Firefighters start to gain upper hand on blaze

Posted: October 5, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Updated: October 5, 2013 4:02 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Firefighters from multiple agencies were able to quickly jump on and contain a brush fire that broke out in the Newhall Pass Saturday afternoon, holding it to about 15 acres, according to a fire official.

Captain Tom Richards with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said department crews, helped by firefighters from the Angeles National Forest and the city of Los Angeles, were able to contain the fire and knock it down by 2:56 p.m. Saturday, about an hour and a half after the blaze was first reported.

“It was a great joint effort,” he said.

Firefighters were able to get a handle on the blaze, which burned on The Old Road near the freeway interchange of Highway 14 and Interstate 5, despite steady Santa Ana winds that whipped through the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday.

The fire burned in three primary spots, two on one side of The Old Road and one on the opposite side, and totaled an estimated 15 acres, he said.

“There were three spots that we worked at the same time,” Richards said.

As of 3:45 p.m., Richards said crews were still on scene doing mop-up work. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Richards said.

But while the fire was contained, traffic problems lingered into the mid-afternoon.

The blaze temporarily shut down two I-5 northbound lanes, as well as the truck transition road between the I-5 and Highway 14.

The Old Road was completely closed in the area, as was Sierra Highway near the freeway interchange.

Traffic was also turned around on Sierra Highway near Newhall Avenue. Drivers that were unable to take their planned route down Sierra Highway instead diverted through Newhall, choking Newhall Avenue with traffic through the intersection with Railroad Avenue.

The fire broke out about 1:20 p.m. near The Old Road in the pass where the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways split, according to reports.
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