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Smoke on the Water: Images of Castaic Lake Wildfire

Smoke on the Water: Images of Castaic Lake Wildfire

Castaic Lake is 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, the blaze was 60 percent contained, according to a tweet posted from the Angeles National Forest's account. The fire started at around 175 acres, prompting an evacuation, and has grown to 1000 acres.

Two outbuildings had been destroyed, Licon said.

Some firefighters were transported across the lake in boats, according to the Angeles National Forest. Screen grab from Los Angeles County Fire Department video.

There are now 380 firefighting personnel and five aircraft dedicated to battling the blaze, which has an estimated containment date of Friday, Judy said.

"When wildland firefighters and engines got on scene, they found people already trying to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby cabin", according to a release on the Alaska Wildland Fire information website.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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

The Lake Fire burned more than 1,000 acres over the weekend and was still affecting about 800 acres at last word from officials.

The ranks of firefighting personnel grew to more than 450 and on Sunday morning found themselves busy putting out "hotspots". "The fatigue of our firefighters is a big deal because they're hiking into that steeper terrain". Earlier in the day, another firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was taken to a hospital.

"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".

The exponential fire growth that occurred on Saturday was partly due to the tall grass that thrived in the recent rains.


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