A brush fire that erupted Wednesday in Castaic scorched about 460 acres and prompted evacuation warnings.

The North Fire was reported at about 1:45 p.m. in the area of 29330 The Old Road, east of the Golden State (5) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire was initially reported to be at about one acre in light to medium fuels, but quickly spread and was reported to be at 50 acres by about 3:20 p.m.

Fire crews at the scene reported that they slowed their response to the fire due to its proximity of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explosives-disposal site in the area.

Evacuation warnings were issued to residents on Rye Canyon Loop, Iron Village Drive, Sterling Court, Bellows Court, Via Patina and Platinum Court in Valencia due to the fire.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station also announced road closures were in place for West Hills Drive from Iron Village Drive to northern Copper Hill Drive.

The fire had grown to about 460 acres and was 0% contained as of about 6:05 p.m.

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