By Emily Alvarenga & Caleb Lunetta
Signal Staff Writers
A brush fire was reported Thursday afternoon near Highway 14 in Agua Dulce.
Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a brush fire near the southbound side of Highway 14, south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, just after noon, according to Supervisor Leslie Lua.
Firefighters on the scene reported a half-acre blaze upon their initial arrival, moving uphill in southwest winds of about 20 mph, Lua said.
“Quebec 2 is dipping out of Castaic Lake,” she added, referring to the Super Scooper, a water-dropping aircraft.
At 1:33 p.m. forward progress was stopped at 10 acres, with no structures threatened, said Christopher Thomas, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The fire was reportedly started by a vehicle fire spreading from the freeway to nearby brush, according to Franklin Lopez, a spokesman for the Fire Department.
A SigAlert was announced shortly after 12:30 p.m. due to officials needing to close the far right two lanes to deal with the growing blaze. The Agua Dulce on-ramp heading onto the southbound side of the 14 was also closed due to the fire response.
The SigAlert would be in effect until at least till 3 p.m. while crews worked to finish their cleanup at the site and tow the vehicle from the side of the freeway, said Thomas.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.