Firefighters on land and in air have stopped the spread and contained 60 percent of a brush fire that grew to at least 150 acres Saturday along the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Templin Highway in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.
The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. by a witness who told the California Highway Patrol that a black Kia Sorrento was burning on the right shoulder, the CHP said.
By 12:53 p.m. the car was fully engulfed in flames pushed by northeast winds into the brush along the road.
The blaze had a “moderate rate of spread,” according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy.
About 4 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department reported the flames had grown to at least 150 acres but were 50 percent contained.
They said good progress was made with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
About 4:30 p.m. officials reported the spread of the brush fire had stopped.
At 6:35 p.m., officials said the blaze was 60 percent contained and that crews will work overnight to finish clearing containment lines of vegetation around the fire.
The size could be revised following a flyover the burn area by a plane with infrared imaging.
One firefighter suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene, Judy said. Despite witness accounts of the blaze starting with a car fire, the U.S. Forest Service will conduct an independent investigation, he said.
Winds in the area were from the south-southeast at 10-15 mph with gusts to 22 mph, with temperatures at 90 to 95 degrees and humidity at 15-18 percent, the National Weather Service said.
All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shut down at 1:17 p.m. but lanes 1 and 2 were reopened at 1:20 p.m. and a SigAlert was issued keeping lanes 3 and 4 shut down indefinitely, the CHP said.
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