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UPDATE: At least 25 acres burned after hay truck sparks brush fire on Interstate 5

Posted: July 9, 2013 10:26 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2013 10:26 p.m.

Smoke from a burning hay truck is visible from the northbound Interstate 5 north of Templin Highway on Tuesday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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A truck loaded with bales of hay caught fire and sparked a brush fire that burned at least 25 acres near Gorman Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., officials with the Fire Department received reports from California Highway Patrol officers of a hay truck on fire, the spokesman said.

“At 4:04 we got calls of a brush fire off the northbound Interstate 5 north of Templin Highway,” he said.

“Initial reports were from a person who saw flames of a hay truck on fire,” he said, “and, that it was spreading to the brush.”

The hay truck was reported burning on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of the interstate north of Castaic.
At 4:25 p.m., the brush fire had burned about half and acre.

Two water-dumping helicopters were dispatched to the scene. The fire was described as moving slowly uphill, fanned by light winds.

As of 8:15 p.m., the fire had burned 25 acres, but was under control and being mopped up by crews, according to a spokesman with the United States Forest Service.

At the height of the fire, three helicopters, two air tankers and 170 fire personel were battling the blaze, the USFS spokesman said.

The number 3 and 4 lanes of the northbound Interstate 5 remained closed as of 8:15 p.m.

Officers with the CHP were investigating reports that someone threw a cigarette at the burning hay truck and the cigarette sparked the brush fire, but the USFS would not confirm this.
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