North fire in Castaic burns 650 acres; evacuations lifted

All evacuation orders have been lifted for residents who live near a brush fire that erupted Wednesday in Castaic and scorched about 650 acres.

The North fire was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the area of 29330 The Old Road, east of the Golden State (5) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire was initially reported to be at about one acre in light to medium fuels, but quickly spread and was reported to be at 50 acres by about 3:20 p.m.

Firefighters at the scene reported that they slowed their response to the fire due to its proximity of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explosives-disposal site in the area.

Firefighters get ready to defend a home from the North fire Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on Via Patina in Valencia. (Photo by Rick McClure/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

Mandatory evacuation orders issued for 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 due to the North Fire were lifted about 10 p.m., the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced.

Road closures were in effect for West Hills Drive from Iron Village Drive to northern Copper Hill Drive.

The fire was 25% contained as of about 9:45 p.m.

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