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[KHTS] – Los Angeles County Fire officials responded to a brush fire at a Castaic Lake campground Friday afternoon.

SCVi Charter School students were at the scene working on a science project when the fire started, said Amber Raskin, SCVi Charter School and iLead Schools founder.

Friday: Ruby Canyon, 1 mile from Lake Hughes Road. Photo by Matthew Moore.

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“It was part of a science experience, we went to shoot rockets up into the air. The school received a permit from the fire department and there was a fire extinguisher at the scene,” Raskin said. “We took other necessary precautions. I’m proud of our team for handling it so well.”

“We arrived on scene at 11:59 a.m.,” said Inspector Chris Reade. “The fire was about five acres but is now at 100 percent containment.”

The fire was reportedly burning grass near the 32000 block of Castaic Lake Drive.

The LACoFD officials originally called in helicopters to come in and drop water on the site but cancelled the call before they arrived, he said. A total of 115 firefighters are on scene.

No structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported, he said.

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26 Comments

  1. John Kennedy John Kennedy says:

    Photos from the fire above the Castaic Lake Campgound https://flic.kr/p/tL1pGL

  2. I think the 6th Graders from N.Park were there today :/ Anyone know?

  3. John Kennedy John Kennedy says:

    Not sure, I know SCVi was there.

  4. Who in their right mind would take children out into dry brush areas to play with combustible items during a severe drought? School needs to be held accountable and responsible for the cost to fight the fire.

  5. This could have gone very bad. Not so smart doing this. Geeezz

  6. Dean says:

    Did their “rockets” START the fire?

  7. How did they even get a permit for this?

  8. Mr. G says:

    It is a windy day!! Who in the world would consider it wise to shoot flammable objects into the air in the wind near brush in the wind?
    Was this supervised by an adult? Who could permit such an activity? This is so irresponsible it is almost humorous but it’s not because the consequences could have been disasterous. There is also the water to be considered, we are in a drought, and the wildlife living in the 5 acres of brush that were burned, are they just expendable because someone did not want to wait for favorable conditions for the experiment? I can’t help but wonder who the teachers were that gave this the green light. Someone needs to be held accountable for this negligence and it’s not the children!

  9. Raynika your counterparts are causing a ruckus out here!

  10. Hans Ahlert Hans Ahlert says:

    See what happens when you “believe” in science!

  11. Jessica De La Rosa says:

    It was the 6th graders from SCVi. My son was part of the group launching. The kids worked really hard on their rockets and waited MONTHS for the permits to do this launch. There was plenty of supervision, many parents were there to share in the excitement. There were MANY successful launches, this one just happened to be fail =(
    The kids did an amazing job and learned a lot. We LOVE our school and how excited our kids are to do neat projects like this. You do your best to be safe but accidents can happen in any situation. Thank God no one was hurt. The kids got a real life lesson today.

  12. Robert Awtry Robert Awtry says:

    All you people should get the facts before you put your foot in your mouth

  13. Robert Awtry Robert Awtry says:

    This picture isn’t even from the fire.

  14. So that’s what it was!

  15. I am curious why the school should be held accountable if they were given a permit? Maybe the office in charge of permits should be held accountable? I mean, unless the students or teachers did things, or didn’t do things according to the parameters of the permit.

  16. kathy says:

    Can you even issue a permit for common sense? Come on people, California, drought, fireworks, oh sorry rocket. As far as lessons learned. I hope they learned just how easy things can go wrong and how expensive it is to fight fires. Common sense, can’t teach that in a book!

  17. MacroView says:

    If these were Estes rockets (or similar), when ignited, FIRE shoots out of the solid rocket, propelling it into the sky until it burns itself out.

    FIRE SHOOTS OUT OF IT.

    When they land the rocket is sometimes smoking, sometimes with tiny smoldering remnants inside.

    Yes, not a wise idea to do this in an area that is EXTREMELY HIGH FIRE DANGER and on a windy day that can force these small rockets off course.

    And not a wise idea for whatever fire agency to have approved it.

    Just not wise, but hopefully a teachable moment for everyone involved…

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