The fire grew to over 150-acres Saturday, according to fire officials. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.

150-acre brush fire breaks out following vehicle fire north of Castaic

UPDATE 7:30: The 5 Fire is has been held at 150 acres, with officials reporting 60 percent containment, according to Fire Information Officer for the Angeles Forest Nathan Judy.

UPDATE 2:45: The “5 Fire” is currently at 150 acres with 20% containment, according to Fire Information Officer for the Angles Forest Nathan Judy.

“We have multiple HotShot crews out there, including the fire engines, dozers, and they’re being supported by aircraft by fixed wing and helicopter,” said Judy. 

No structures are threatened and currently no injuries have been reported, according to Judy.

Traffic moves south as smoke from a 100 acre fire beside the I-5 Freeway near Templin High Way billows in the distance on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

UPDATE 2:35: The three and four lanes of the northbound side of Interstate 5 are shutdown for an unknown duration, according to Officer Stephan Brandt of California Highway Patrol Traffic Management Office.

“We had to shut down traffic for a helicopter to land,” said Officer Brandt.

UPDATE 2:20: The Angeles Forest Service has confirmed the fire is at 100 acres and spreading. 

“It’s currently at 100 acres and crews are on the ground and in the air fighting the fire,” said Fire Information Officer for the Angles Forest Nathan Judy.

A fixed wing tanker circles before making a drop on a 100 acre fire beside the I-5 Freeway near Templin High Way on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Supervisor Ed Pickett of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the fire is growing.

“Last we heard was 20 acres, but other than that, that’s all we got,” said Pickett. 

ORIGINAL STORY: A brush fire broke out Saturday following a vehicle fire north of Castaic.

The fire reportedly started on the northbound side of Interstate 5 at Templin Highway at 12:48 p.m., according to Supervisor Ed Pickett of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“It’s at 2 acres and running,” said Pickett. “That means they’re not out in front of it yet, but it’s running through the grass and brush.”

California Highway Patrol officials said they believe the fire was started due to a vehicle fire.

“They’re holding all northbound lanes,” said Officer Moises Marroquin of the CHP Traffic Control office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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