GORMAN — County firefighters stopped the forward progress of a brush fire in Gorman on Sunday night that charred an estimated 200 acres and was 15% contained.
#PostFire: All lanes of NB I-5 at Smokey Bear Rd are CLOSED due to a brush fire for unknown duration. WB SR-138 connector to NB is also closed. Seek alternate routes between Kern and Los Angeles counties. See https://t.co/O37Qesrybo for current highway conditions. pic.twitter.com/k4fEAvTJ0R
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) August 3, 2020
The blaze, which ignited near Gorman Post Road and the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway, was reported at 6:54 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melinda Choi.
Four water-dropping helicopters were being used and assistance was sought from the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was sending another water-dropping helicopter, said county fire Dispatch Supervisor Martin Rangel. Forward progress of the blaze was stopped just before 9 p.m., he said.
County fire has released the city fire department’s helicopter from the scene.
The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert in Castaic at 8:09 p.m. The northbound 5 was closed at Smokey Bear Road and the transition road between westbound state Route 138 and northbound 5 was also shut down, the CHP said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, and no buildings were burned, Rangel said.