Hillsides Scorched by Route Fire in California's Santa Clarita Valley

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.

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 reported.

A Sunday morning video update from the Angeles National Forest shows scorched, smoking ground close to Interstate 5 as the Route Fire Operations Chief provides details on the fire and says the scene was “looking real good.” Credit: Angeles National Forest via Storyful

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