Brush fire chars 600+ arces, moving toward Castaic Lake

by Austin Dave, Staff Writer 675 views0

Update: 5:50 p.m.: Fire is 575 acres and is 20% contained.

Update: 4:45 p.m.: Evacuation orders have been lifted for homes along Elk Ridge Road and Vista Point Place. Residents may return to their homes.

Update: 4:30 p.m.: Fire is 0% contained.

Update: 4:27 p.m.: The fire has grown to 350 acres. Evacuations are complete, Elk Ridge Road and Vista Point Place have been evacuated.

Earlier: A brush fire has charred more than 200 acres of land in Castaic, slowing traffic and threatening a nearby school.

The fire broke out around 1:30 PM prompting authorities to place Northlake Hills Elementary on lockdown for an hour.

The blaze shut down lanes of Interstate 5 and nearby streets as flames moved through the area.

Fire crews have made good progress in protecting the school as sustained winds fanned the blaze.

As of 3:20 p.m. all Northlake Hills Elementary School students have left the campus including Sunshine Daycare-bound students.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for 19 homes along Elk Ridge Road and Vista Point Place in Castaic.

More updates to come.

Photo: Holly Anderson Roehn
Photo: Holly Anderson Roehn

Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online ( In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.

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