Large Brush Fire Burns Near Castaic Lake

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near Castaic Lake in northwest Los Angeles County Saturday afternoon, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest teams now have the fire 10% contained. The fire was reported around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the LACFD. The fire started at around 175 acres, prompting an evacuation, and has grown to 1000 acres. 2 outbuildings were burned in the fire but no homes were threatened, according to KTLA.

The fire originated near the shore of Castaic Lake and grew towards the Angeles National Forest. The fire moved quickly through tall grass, according to the L.A. Times. Los Angeles County is experiencing its first major heat wave of the year.

The fire has remained at 10% containment since Saturday evening. The area is largely recreational, and a boat launch on the west side of the lake has remained open (the fire crews have closed the east boat launch). As a result, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon told Los Angeles Daily News "that the air quality is going to be poor" in the area for people who are there to enjoy the lake.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.