A brush fire scorched about 130 acres Monday afternoon, triggering freeway closures and prompting evacuation orders that were lifted within an hour as crews gained the upper hand.
The three-alarm blaze, dubbed the Elsmere Fire, broke out for unknown reasons at 1:32 p.m., and fire crews arrived on scene at 1:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Initially reported as a three-acre fire burning uphill near the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Newhall Avenue, the flames quickly blackened about 100 acres, prompting evacuation orders for residents and buildings between Dockweiler Drive and Newhall Avenue, from the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway to Valle Del Oro, the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station reported about 2:15 p.m.
A third-alarm response was requested, and crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department and Angeles National Forest were called in to assist county firefighters.
Within the first hour of the fire, all lanes of the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Golden Valley were blocked, and all northbound lanes were closed at the Golden State (5) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were also closed at the 14 Freeway, as well as the southbound 5 transition to the northbound 14 and the northbound 5 truck route to the northbound 14.
About 3:15 p.m., all evacuation orders were lifted, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station. Shortly after 4 p.m., crews had stopped the fire’s spread at 130 acres, with about 30% containment reported.
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