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UPDATE: Castaic wildfire now fully contained

Blaze forced school lockdown, home evacuations

Posted: May 17, 2013 1:52 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:04 p.m.

Kyle Crookshanks, 8, right, hugs father Kent as anxious parents wait for their students from Northlake Elementary School in Castaic. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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A brush fire that scorched more than 700 acres in Castaic is now completely contained, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blaze started early Friday afternoon and charred a total of 712 acres, primarily land off Interstate 5 near Castaic Lake, according to Fire Department officials.

The fire was fully contained shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, almost 30 hours after it was first reported.

The fire was initially spotted near the I-5 freeway at Lake Hughes Road at 1:23 p.m. Friday, temporarily forcing evacuations and road closures as crews worked to try and keep it under control. One lane of the freeway was shut down for a time to accommodate firefighting equipment.

Northlake Hills Elementary School on Ridge Route Road in Castaic was temporarily put on lockdown when the fire approached the school.

Fire officials later said the school was never in serious danger.

To combat the blaze, the department used a full array of resources, including patrols, helicopters and other aircraft.

Another large wildfire, the Grand Fire, was reported at 70 percent containment Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That fire started Wednesday and has burned approximately 4,358 acres south of Frazier Park.

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