Amid searing triple-digit heat, a brush fire erupted in dry vegetation alongside the Golden State (5) Freeway in Castaic Wednesday, consuming more than 250 acres and forcing multiple evacuations.

The Route Fire was reported around noon near Lake Hughes Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire officials reported just after 4 p.m. that the fire had grown to 250 acres, prompting authorities to order evacuations for all residents of the Paradise mobile home park and all structures south of Templin Highway along Upper Ridge Route Road.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said residents were advised to evacuate to the north to escape the flames.

Crews in helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were dispatched to the scene in hopes of halting the progress of the fast-moving fire.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the northbound freeway was closed at Parker Road, just south of the fire scene, according to the California Highway Patrol. A short time later, flames jumped the northbound freeway lanes and began creeping toward the southbound lanes, prompting a closure of traffic in that direction as well.

Two county firefighters suffered minor heat-related injuries while battling the blaze and were taken to hospital for treatment, according to the department.

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