Castaic, CA (AP) —A wildfire near Castaic on Saturday closed some of Southern California’s major highways, officials told local media.
The fire, known as Rootfire, reached 392 acres, or just over 0.5 square miles, at 6:28 pm and forced the closure of part of Interstate 5, Angels National Forest told KTLA-TV. rice field.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office Santa Clarita Valley Station, KTLA reported that a route fire threatened structures.
The fire was not contained at 6:30 pm, officials said.
Elsewhere in California, lightning thunderstorms gave some room for breathing to crew members struggling to quell the state’s large wildfires, but thunder struck north. Caused some new flames in, fire officials said.
Following the storm from Thursday night to Friday, weekend sunny weather and warming trends in the fire area were predicted next week.
The National Meteorological Service said there were more than 1,100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in California between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Fire officials said the lightning strike caused at least 17 fires.
Firefighters circumvented the giant Cardor fire south of Lake Tahoe and fought multiple nighttime lightning strikes throughout El Dorado County, firefighters said. However, most flames were kept below 10 acres (4 hectares).
Three new fires have been reported in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park in the steep and dense woodlands of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Beginning in mid-July, up to 0.5 inches of rain fell on some of the Dixie fires that burned the vast belts of the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade. The second-largest fire in California’s history burned 1,490 square miles (3,859 square kilometers) of land and more than 1,300 homes and other buildings. It was included 59%.
Firefighters said the rain would wet the crater-dried vegetation and cool the fire for a day or two, which they eventually wanted to use to strengthen and expand the fireline to surround the flame.