The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in an area with difficult access near the Golden State (5) Freeway and Ridge Route Road. Photo: OnSceneTV

Firefighters worked Monday to clear vegetation around a brush fire that has scorched about 800 acres near Lake Castaic in the Angeles National Forest and is only 20 percent contained.

About 450 firefighters supplied by the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department were on the scene, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the blaze and was taken to an area hospital, said U.S. Service Forest spokesman Nathan 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 is under investigation.

Two outbuildings were destroyed, Judy said. There have been no evacuations and no road closures.

Officials originally had estimated about 1,000 acres had burned, but that number was reduced after further reviews.

—City News Service

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