Big rig tire fire ignites brush, shuts down southbound I-5

Flames erupt from the underside of a trailer on southbound Interstate 5 on Feb. 28, 2017. (Courtesy Crystal Perata/SCV Helicopters, Lights and Sirens on Facebook)

When a big rig’s tires caught fire as the truck made its way southbound into Castaic, the flames ignited some roadside brush, prompting a response by firefighters and shutting down all southbound lanes of interstate 5 Tuesday.

The incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. when motorists reported to the California Highway Patrol that a big rig was driving in the slow lane with its tires on fire.

At 9:01 a.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the vehicle fire, a Fire Department spokesman said.

“This call was for a semi, southbound on I-5 near Lake Hughes Road,” he said. “The vehicle caught fire and some brush caught fire.”

“We had the fire knocked down at 9:17 a.m.,” the spokesman said, noting both vehicle and brush fire were extinguished.

CHP posted a Sig Alert shortly before 9:30 a.m. that the southbound lanes would remain closed for an unspecified time.

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