Fire near Castaic closes 5 highway amid triple-digit heat

A wildfire near Castaic led to mandatory evacuations and the closure of all lanes of the 5 Freeway Wednesday afternoon as triple-digit temperatures hit Southern California.

The Route fire was first reported just after noon and burned along the highway at Lake Hughes Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

By 4 p.m., the fire had grown to nearly 250 acres when authorities ordered the evacuation of the Paradise Ranch Estates mobile home park and buildings south of Templin Highway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.

“All residents have been ordered to evacuate to the north,” the department says said in a tweet.

Two firefighters were taken to hospital with minor injuries from the heat, the fire service said.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the area reached nearly 110 degrees by midday with a humidity of 12%.

According to the California Department of Transportation, all lanes of the highway were closed, with southbound traffic being diverted at Vista Del Lago Road and northbound traffic being diverted at Lake Hughes Road.

Footage from KTLA-TV Channel 5 showed flames on both sides of southbound lanes with smoke rising from rolling, dry hills. The south and north lanes are separated by a large hill.

A large tanker was seen dropping fire retardant along the fire line.

This is a final news item and will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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