CASTAIC (UKTN) – Firefighters faced hot temperatures on Thursday as they continued to make great progress against a large blaze that broke out in the Castaic region on Wednesday afternoon and briefly forced hundreds of people to flee their homes.
As of the last report late Wednesday night, the North Fire had burned 650 acres and 25% contained. All evacuation orders had been lifted.
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The North Fire was first reported as a burning acre bushfire burning uphill in the 29000 block of The Old Road at 1:34 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The fire quickly escalated and within hours it had exploded and was threatening residential neighborhoods.
Moderate winds pushed the flames east, and the blaze narrowly missed an apartment complex. A large plume of smoke could be seen by drivers on Highway 5.
At around 6:30 p.m., mandatory evacuation orders were issued for several areas including residents north and west of West Hills Drive, north of Iron Village Drive, north and west of Tesoro. Del Valle and north of Copper Hill Drive.
LA County Sheriff’s Deputies walked through neighborhoods with loudspeakers, asking people to leave.
“The flames were probably about 600 yards from my house, in less than two minutes they were like right outside my house,” resident Mark Preeze told UKTN on Wednesday night. “And the police were advising everyone to evacuate. And we did, we just grabbed a bag and we ran.
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However, at 10 p.m., progress on the northern blaze was halted and all evacuation orders were lifted, the fire department reported.
No houses had been damaged early Thursday morning. There was no word of injury.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
According to the National Weather Service, the Southland is at high fire risk until Saturday in hot, dry conditions and gusty northeast winds.
With the sun up, you can see how the #NorthFire came to this district of Valencia before the crews made serious progress and lifted the evacuation orders. Coverage continues this morning on UKTN. @UKTN pic.twitter.com/gvY78vbXsO
– Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) April 29, 2021
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