Castaic-area brush fire breaks out in freeway median, closes Interstate 5


A quarter-acre brush fire in the center median of Interstate 5 in Castaic resulted in a response from firefighters on Wednesday, and the closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the area. 

Dubbed the Templin Fire, reports of the blaze first came in at 11:38 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 5, south of Templin Highway.

Units on the scene from the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that commuters should expect delays due to road closures. 

As of 12:05 p.m., the fire had spread to 5 acres and was growing, with northbound Interstate 5 closed, according to fire officials. 

A SigAlert was issued, closing lanes No. 1 and 2 of northbound Interstate 5 for at least an hour due to the blaze.

By 12:10 p.m., firefighters had stopped forward progress on the blaze halted at approximately 5 acres, with units remaining on the scene for 60-90 minutes for mop-up.

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