Lake Hughes Fire brings more fire fighting units into SCV

Scene of charred hillside from the northbound lanes of I-5, one mile from Lake Hughes Road exit. Signal Photo, Bobby Block

By Caleb Lunetta, Tammy Murga & Jim Holt

Signal Staff Writers

Tick Fire sparks additional blaze in Castaic

As the fire in Tick Canyon continued to grow, it somehow sparked a fire near Castaic Lake, 12 miles away, and a whole set of new problems for firefighters.

It was initially dubbed the “Old Fire,” but renamed the Tick Branch 10 Fire after officials linked it to the larger Tick Fire. The precise acreage of the Castaic fire was not readily available Thursday night, since the burned acreage was included in the total acreage of the Tick Fire.

By the end of the day, multiple trailers were reported to be on fire in the area of Lake Hughes Road. Televised aerial coverage showed what appeared to be homes burning in the area of the Castaic fire, but officials were still assessing damage Thursday night and additional details were expected to be released Friday morning.

Fire officials initially reported the fire burned at least 10 acres of brush. There was no report of injuries.

The Castaic fire broke out at 3:14 p.m. Thursday off the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Lake Hughes Road, said Marvin Lim, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“Additional resources were brought in for this one,” he said, noting none of the resources devoted to the Tick Fire were removed. “It was reported to be running in heavy winds.” 

After-school classes at Castaic High School were canceled shortly after news of the Lake Hughes fire was released.

Structures near Lake Hughes Road were reported threatened; however, no evacuations were ordered, Sean Rios, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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