Crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Fly Crew 19 are seen loading into the helicopter to battle the "Guard Rail Fire" in Castaic Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy of Jeff Zimmerman

Small brush fire breaks out near northbound I-5 freeway

Fire crews responded to reports of a small brush fire that broke out near the northbound Interstate 5 freeway north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic Wednesday afternoon.

The “Guard Rail Fire” was reported at 12:05 p.m. with Angeles National Forest officials on the scene initially reporting a 1/2-acre fire a quarter-mile north of Templin Highway, according to Supervisor Sky Cornell with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“They’re getting water from Castaic Lake,” Cornell said. “As of 12:24 p.m., Engine 149 reports 1 mile north of Templin at quarter-acre, light to medium brush, creeping up with winds coming from the south. No structures threatened.” 

As of 12:39 p.m., fire officials released all air operations and bulldozers after they were able to get a hose line around the fire and forward progress was stopped, said Joey Napoli, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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