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Brush Breaks Out in the Newhall Pass, Closes Northbound 5 Fwy

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A brush fire that has broken out on the eastside of the 5 Freeway in the Newhall Pass has severely slowed traffic from Los Angeles to the Santa Clarita Valley. The five-acre fire eruprted this afternoon and is threatening a dozen homes in the Newhall area, according to CBS2. The California Highway Patrol hopes to open at least one lane on the northbound 5 Freeway soon, but recommends commuters take the 14 Freeway and avoid The Old Road. Update: The fire has grown to about 15 acres. Update #2: The fire is reportedly almost under control, but traffic is still hellish.