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Big Rig Fire Spreads To Brush, Creates Traffic Nightmare On 5 Freeway In Castaic

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CASTAIC (CBSLA.com) — A roughly 50-acre brush fire created a traffic nightmare on the 5 Freeway in the Castaic area Monday afternoon.

Los Angeles County fire crews responded to a call of a big rig on fire around 3:40 p.m. near the northbound side of freeway at Templin Highway.

The high temperatures and the wind helped the flames spread from the truck to the hillside.

Traffic on the northbound I-5 was down to one lane for a while as hundreds of firefighters worked to battle the blaze. One lane will remain closed until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Two water-dropping helicopters, including one from LA City Fire, were sent to assist in the effort.

As of early Monday evening, the U.S. Forest Service became the main agency dealing with the fire, which was 75 percent contained as of 11 p.m.

Although no evacuations were ordered, sheriff’s officials worried about residents in the Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park.

No injuries were reported.

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