A fast-growing brush fire burning in California’s Santa Clarita Valley prompted freeway closures and a “aggressive aerial and ground attack” by fire crews on Saturday, September 11, officials said.
Twitter user @CaLandBird shared video she took in Castaic on Saturday showing aerial units flying towards a plume of thick smoke.
The blaze, called the Route Fire by officials, started around 4 pm Saturday, according to Angeles National Forest. Two LA County Fire Department helicopters and one from the Angeles National Forest were dropping retardant on the blaze through the evening, officials said.
As of Sunday morning, the fire was 454 acres in size with zero containment, the US Forest Service said. “Aircraft and ground crews will seek opportunities to go directly at the fire and build containment,” it added. Credit: @CaLandBird via Storyful