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Firefighters contain 10-acre brush fire north of Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A boat-towing truck caught fire on Interstate 5 north of Castaic Sunday afternoon sparking a roadside brush fire, emergency response officials said.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, officials with the California Highway Patrol responded to reports of black smoke seen coming from the hills near Vista Del Lago Road, a spokeswoman for the CHP said.

The truck was reported to be fully engulfed in flames in the northbound lanes of the interstate, just south of Vista Del Lago, she said.

At 5:37 p.m., officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the incident, said Inspector Bernard Peters.

“It was a boat trailer on fire,” he said. “Then it became a quarter acre on fire.”

Shortly before 6 p.m., the fire had burned between 5 and 6 acres.

CHP officers stopped traffic in the slow lane and in the lane next to it.

Four water-dropping helicopters were deployed to the scene, according to fire officials.

As the evening continued, the fire jumped to just over 10 acres, according to Ed Pickett, a supervising fire dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire was fully contained at 7:10 p.m., but Pickett said there was no word on when it would be completely knocked down, as crews were still working in the area.


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