Brush fire grows to 1000 acres near Lake Castaic; 300 firefighters battling

It started on a bank of Castaic Lake and the cause was under investigation.The Lake Fire, as officials are calling it, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Angeles National Forest fire response teams are leading the firefighting effort as of 2:30 p.m. Two outbuildings where destroyed by fire. The fire’s progress has stopped and it is now holding at seven acres, Judy said.Los Angeles County Fire Public Information officials are reporting the Lake Fire has burned 1,000 acres with 10 percent containment.No mandatory evacuations were in place, Licon said.The fire is in an area with hard access near the 5 Freeway and Ridge Route Road, LACFD Capt. Ron Singleton told City News Service. There were also no injuries reported.Officials received a report of a fire at Zermatt and Pacific Crest Drives around 11:50 a.m., said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy. Firefighters said the winds are low, which kept the speed of the fire slow.Over 195 firefighters are working the blaze as of 3:30 p.m.In the final hours of daylight Saturday, three helicopters from L.A. County Fire and five fixed-wing aircraft summoned by the Angeles National Forest were smothering the blaze with fire retardant, Licon said. The flames burned medium-to-light brush, with the acreage at 5 as of 3 p.m.