Ground, Aerial Crews Respond To 50-Acre California Fire

CASTAIC, Calif. --

A wildfire burned about 50 acres of heavy brush Wednesday in the Angeles National Forest near Interstate 5, about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Forest Service fire spokesman Robert Brady says about 200 personnel, 10 engines, five helicopters and a water-dropping aircraft were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to the blaze south of Tejon Pass.

Brady said the winds produced by canyons in the area can be gusty and erratic. He said dry, dense brush and temperatures in the high 90s fed the fire.

Ground and aerial crews, including a SuperScooper, responded to the fire.

The fire burned east of the Golden State (5) Freeway, north of Templin Highway. KNBC's Stu Mundel reported that traffic slowed on the 5 Freeway.

Crews used Lake Castaic as a water source for drops.

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