Route Fire burns on both sides of Interstate 5 north of Castaic, California

Mapped Sunday morning at 454 acres

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12:17 p.m. PDT Sept. 12, 2021

Firefighters on the Route Fire northwest of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County were busy overnight and as of Sunday morning have made very good progress on the fire. It burned on both sides of Interstate 5, completely closing it for a while Saturday afternoon.

Hand crews and engines working through the night were assisted by night-flying water-dropping helicopters, two from Los Angeles County and one from the Angeles National Forest.

Sunday morning firefighters reported it has burned 454 acres.

Below is an excellent Monday morning update on the fire, with video narrated by the Operations Section Chief. It was filmed on the west side of the fire, west of Interstate 5, and starts by looking north or northwest, then pans to the east and south. You can see that traffic has apparently resumed on I-5. Very good description of the fire status, and excellent videography. Someone give this Ops Chief a bonus!

7:18 p.m. PDT Sept. 11, 2021

Route Fire map
Map showing the location of the Route Fire north of Los Angeles.

The Route Fire that started north of Los Angeles Saturday afternoon on the west side of Interstate 5 about seven miles north of Castaic jumped across the freeway and by 6:30 p.m. had burned approximately 400 acres as it spread to the northeast.

Route Fire CL-415 SuperScooper
CL-415 SuperScocoper drops on the Route Fire at 5:09 p.m. PDT Sept. 11, 2021. Image from FOX11.

Aircraft working on the fire included a DC-10, BAe-146, S-2T, at least one SuperScooper CL-415, and multiple helicopters including two 3,000-gallon Chinooks and a Sky-Crane.

A US Forest Service spokesperson said at 6:50 p.m. that there are few structures in the area that would be threatened by the blaze. He also said two firefighters had received minor burns.

Route Fire
Route Fire at 5:23 p.m. PDT Sept. 11, 2021; looking south. Image from FOX11.

Interstate 5 had to be closed in both directions.

Route Fire DC-10 air tanker
DC-10 air tanker drops on the Route Fire at 5:04 p.m. PDT Sept. 11, 2021. Image from FOX11.
Route Fire
Route Fire, looking northwest from Magic Mountain at 7:20 p.m. PDT Sept 11, 2021. AlertWildfire.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.