UPDATE Sunday, June 10:
The Castaic fire that originated at the I-5 Freeway and Parker Road on Friday afternoon is now fully contained. Fire personnel will continue monitoring and completing mop-up work throughout the day Sunday.
Two northbound lanes of the I-5 freeway have been reopened with California Highway Patrol escorts in the area of the 650-acre brush fire that started shortly after 1 p.m. today. The remaining lanes are expected to reopen completely by midnight.
The fire, which burned about 5 miles north of the Lake Hughes Road offramp on the northbound I-5 had forced the closure of the freeway and hasconsumed more than 650 acres, although no structures were ever threatened and no one has been injured in the blaze.
Fire officials said that the blaze has consumed more than 650 acres of medium brush and is still burning. The fire is 35 percent contained. Winds in the area are reported to be blowing southwest at 12 mph.
Law enforcement is reporting that traffic is snarled as far back as Hillcrest and The Old Road, describing that intersection as a “parking lot.”
Along with 250 personnel on ground crews, three helicopters are in service and will continue to fly into the night to fight this fire. All other aircraft have been released.
Photos by Elliott Cohen