Firefighters battle wildfire that closed California highway

Firefighters battle wildfire that closed California highway


Most lanes off a stretch of Interstate 5 in California reopened Sunday after a wildfire spread across the busy highway a day earlier.

The blaze broke out near Castaic in northern Los Angeles County and was fueled by strong winds and dry brush.

A stretch of the freeway was closed by authorities for several hours as air tankers dropped bright-orange retardant on the flames.

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While progress was made, the wildfire remained uncontained because of the area’s mountainous terrain.

Two firefighters battling the blaze were hospitalized with burn injuries, according to Andrew Mitchell, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

With Post wires

A vehicle drives on Interstate 5 south bound past the burning Route Fire.AP A part of the major freeway Interstate 5 in was closed due to the fire.AP A car drives past the Route Fire on Interstate 5.AP

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