Flames along a ridge line near Castaic Lake. Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Fire Department

A brush fire near Lake Castaic in the Angeles National Forest that has burned about 800 acres was 20 percent contained early Sunday evening, with still no indication of when the fire would be completely contained.

“Now that the smoke has cleared we have gotten a better reading on how much acreage was actually burned and our estimate was down from 1,000 acres to 800 acres with 20 percent containment as of 7 p.m.,” said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy

“Our crews will be working throughout the night to increase the containment,” Judy added.

A firefighter has suffered a minor injury battling the blaze and was taken to an area hospital, said Judy, adding that the upper northeastern portion of the lake has been closed.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in an area with difficult access near the Golden State (5) Freeway and Ridge Route Road, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service. It started on a bank of Castaic Lake and the cause was under investigation.

Two outbuildings were destroyed.

A few hundred firefighters from the Angeles National Forest and LACFD were battling the blaze, with help from water-dropping helicopters and fixed- wing aircraft.

Firefighters were concerned about the flames spreading due to the weekend’s hot, dry conditions.

–City News Service

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