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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 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
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
A water-dropping helicopter lands in the Castaic Lake parking lot as it picks up a load of water while fighting a fire Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson A water-dropping helicopter lands in the Castaic Lake parking lot as it picks up a load of water while fighting a fire Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson
A water-dropping helicopter lands in the Castaic Lake parking lot as it picks up a load of water while fighting a fire Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Firefighters spray water on the Castaic blaze as it moves up an embankment near its point of origin on the Interstate 5 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson Firefighters spray water on the Castaic blaze as it moves up an embankment near its point of origin on the Interstate 5 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Firefighters spray water on the Castaic blaze as it moves up an embankment near its point of origin on the Interstate 5 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Anxious parents are halted on Ridge Route Road as they wait to pick up their children from Northlake Hills Elementary School in Castaic Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre Anxious parents are halted on Ridge Route Road as they wait to pick up their children from Northlake Hills Elementary School in Castaic Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre
Anxious parents are halted on Ridge Route Road as they wait to pick up their children from Northlake Hills Elementary School in Castaic Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre
Mike Whitaker, left, and Andrew Fullingim of Castaic watch smoke from the Castaic brush fire on Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre Mike Whitaker, left, and Andrew Fullingim of Castaic watch smoke from the Castaic brush fire on Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre
Mike Whitaker, left, and Andrew Fullingim of Castaic watch smoke from the Castaic brush fire on Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre
This image, posted on a Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter account, shows the area that was burned during the Castaic wildfire. This image, posted on a Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter account, shows the area that was burned during the Castaic wildfire.
This image, posted on a Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter account, shows the area that was burned during the Castaic wildfire.
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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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