Firefighters extinguish blaze southbound Interstate 5 of Calgrove

Firefighters extinguish wildfire southbound Interstate 5 of Calgrove Boulevard on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters extinguished a blaze southbound Interstate 5 of Calgrove Boulevard that caused freeway lanes to close Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters first responded to a vegetation fire around 2:30 p.m., after receiving reports of smoke showing in the area. 

“The fire is a quarter-acre,” said county Fire spokesman Bernard Peters around 2:45 p.m. and confirmed that the brush fire was moving uphill towards the freeway with light to medium fuels. 

By around 2:55 p.m., firefighters held the fire at a half-acre and remained in the area for clean up, said Peters. No structure was believed to be threatened in the area, he added. 

As a result of the fire, three southbound lanes of the 5 freeway had temporarily closed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, said Peters. 

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