Evacuations Ordered as Brush Fire Erupts in Los Angeles County

Mandatory evacuations were in effect for parts of Castaic, California, as a fast-growing brush fire erupted on the afternoon of August 31.

The Route Fire grew to at least 600 acres near a freeway in Castaic, forcing mandatory evacuations and road closures in the surrounding areas, the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s office said.

According to local media citing officials, seven firefighters injured while battling the blaze.

This footage uploaded by the California Department of Transportation shows large smoke plumes wafting skyward near a highway. Credit: California Department of Transportation via Storyful

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