A brush fire at Castaic lake burned about three acres Tuesday after provoking a swift response from firefighters already on alert due to red flag warnings about heightened fire conditions.
With winds gusting up to 30 mph, several firefighting units were dispatched at 12:17 p.m. to the 32000 block of Castaic Lake Road, near the lower lake campgrounds and Ridge Route Road, Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron told The Signal.
At least three water-dumping helicopters and two Super Scoopers were deployed.
Firefighters arrived at the lakeside fire – dubbed the Castaic Incident – and found one acre of light brush on fire, Marron said.
“The fire is reported to be moving downhill in light and medium fuel,” he said referring to the amount of dry brush near the fire.
“No structures are threatened,” Marron said shortly before 12:30 p.m.
About 15 minutes later, the fire ignited some of the trees near the lake.
Shorty before 12:50 p.m., however, it was reported to be holding at two to three acres, with all “forward movement” of the fire stopped.
Fire officials began releasing firefighting units from the scene including at least one helicopter and one fire engine.
The Castaic Incident fire was the second of two fires that flared up in the Santa Clarita Valley about the same time.
Shortly after noon, firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to Lost Canyon Road and Canyon Park for reports of a brush fire.
First alarm units were dispatched to the location but were soon called off when firefighters with Fire Station #107 downsized it.
Within 10 minutes of units withdrawing from the fire near Canyon Park, near Jakes Way, fire officials received reports of the brush fire near Castaic Lake.
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