The Castaic Fire was spotted by Los Angeles County Lake Lifeguards at 3:55pm. They responded via rescue boats to attempt to extinguish the fire and evacuate any boaters or recreational users in the area. While they were unsuccessful in suppressing the fire, they safely moved boaters and visitors from the area.
Watch a Video Summary of the Castaic Fire by Incident Commander Vargas.
Currently, the Castaic Fire is 178 acres and 75% contained. 150 firefighters from the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire, assisted by resources being brought in from out of state, will continue to build hand and dozer line to reach full containment. Full containment is expected by the end of the day today. The US Forest Service prepares for severe fire weather conditions by moving firefighters throughout the western states. Firefighters are traveling from other states such as Washington, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico to bolster fighting capacity in Southern California. Assisting the Angeles National Forest with fighting the Castaic Fire is an engine from Wyoming and from Arizona.
Temperatures will remain hot, with highs near 99 degrees, and low relative humidity. Winds will be from the Southwest, from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts to 20 mph.
The Templin Highway is closed east of the Old Ridge RT.
SAFETY: Effective Saturday August 1, 2020, the Angeles National Forest changed its Forest Fire Danger Level from VERY HIGH to EXTREME. Corresponding with this change, the Angeles National Forest moved into full fire restrictions including prohibiting campfires in developed sites. You may read the Angeles Forest Order No. 05-01-20-05 which prohibits all campfires within the Angeles National Forest. The Angeles National Forest uses a 6 Level Fire Danger Rating System to determine fire restrictions which it adjusts throughout the year.
Cooking stoves, lanterns, and similar devices which use propane, white gas or similar fuels are prohibited at this time.
ABOUT THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
The Angeles National Forest is a unique area nestled in the midst of an ever-changing and growing population in the Los Angeles area. The Forest is one of the few remaining open space areas in Southern California. The forest is an important part of the overall health and well-being of the area population. It provides open space, solitude from the everyday stress of modern living, a place to conduct research, a haven for wildlife, and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities.
The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. It covers about 700,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 01st, 2020 approx. 04:11 PM|
|Incident Commander||Ron White|
|Coordinates||34.52 latitude, -118.595 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||75%|