Lake Fire near Castaic Lake in Southern California

Olive Rios
June 18, 2017

Firefighters battled a brush fire that broke out in a remote area near Castaic Saturday afternoon, according to Los Angeles County fire officials. Two outbuildings near a picnic area burned down in the path of the blaze.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert at 3:15 p.m., shutting down Lake Hughes at Ridge Route roads due to the brush fire, but it was canceled 30 minutes later.

The biggest gain was on the 11-acre brush fire burning near Wrightwood, dubbed the Zermatt fire, which is 50% contained, according to the agency's Twitter account on Sunday.

Some 300 firefighters responded, including some the US Forest Service said in a tweet were being transported by boat to the blaze.

Perhaps most importantly, no injuries were reported to any residents of the area or firefighters, despite an all-day effort in temperatures reached into the high-90s throughout the area.

Castaic Lake is 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

"Firefighters will be working throughout the day utilizing aircraft and troops on the ground to fight this fire", Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said.

"If you are going to have a charcoal barbecue or a camp fire, they're only allowed within our campgrounds that are designated for that use with what we provide, the metal ring, or the stand up barbecue".

"Initially, when we showed up, it was three to five acres in our area", he said, "and then it moved rapidly into the Angeles National Forest".

Airplanes and helicopters will continue dropping fire retardant on the flames throughout the night.

There is no further information available at this time.

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