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Burned hay truck fire keeps I-5 lane closed through day

Posted: July 10, 2013 5:28 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 5:28 p.m.

A truck hauling hay bales that caught fire on Interstate 5 on Tuesday kept a freeway lane shut down through most of the day Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

The northbound right-hand lane of the freeway wasn’t reopened until 4 p.m. Wednesday while firefighters mopped up after the blaze the ignited nearly 24 hours earlier.

The truck loaded with bales of hay caught fire Tuesday afternoon and sparked a brush fire that burned at least 30 acres near Gorman, said John Wagner, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

One of two northbound lanes shut down overnight as a result of the so-called “Island Incident” brush fire, named for an island in a nearby lake, and USFS firefighters remained on site to ensure there were no flare-ups.

The hay truck was reported burning on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of the interstate north of Castaic shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire spread to the brush and blackened 30 acres. At the height of the fire, three helicopters, two air tankers and 170 fire personnel were battling the blaze.
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