Wildfire halts traffic on northbound I-5 from Castaic

UPDATE: FRAZIER PARK, CA (Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.)—Kuepper reports that the fire is contained, but traffic is moving very slowly. He estimates it could take two hours to drive from Castaic to Templin Highway while mop-up operations are underway. The fire was started by a burning truck (nobody injured) and spread into the hills. Agencies responding were Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire with ground crews, five helicopters and three air tankers, according to Battalion Chief Robert Garcia.

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.)—Gunnar Kuepper reports that a wildfire 200 yards north of Templin Highway, on the east side of the northbound Interstate 5 has backed up traffic to Castaic. “Traffic is basically standing still with only one lane open,” Kuepper said. Approximately 75 acres have burned.

This is part of the May 10, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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