Forward progress of Lake Castaic fire stopped at 170 acres

Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the 170-acre fire burning along a cove at Lake Castaic Saturday evening.

"A rapid and aggressive attack by the Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire have stopped the forward rate of spread holding the fire at about 170 acres," said Incident Commander Oscar Vargas.  

All aircraft were released and crews were expected to remain at the fire scene overnight to build lines of cleared vegetation and look for hotspots to put out, the USFS said.  

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The blaze was reported by lifeguards just after 4 p.m. as a 1/4-acre brush fire, which quickly spread to 20 acres, said Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.  

Just after 5 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service reported the fire had blackened 150 acres of forest service land, spreading through dry brush with high temperatures and low humidity.

That figure was quickly upgraded to 160 acres.  

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.