Wildfire forces closure of freeway in Southern California

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CASTIAC, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire near Castaic Saturday has led to the closure of Interstate 5. The fire, known as the Route Fire, reached 392 acres, or a little more than half a square mile, as of 6:28 p.m. KTLA-TV reported that the Route Fire is threatening structures, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita Valley station. Authorities say the fire was uncontained as of 6:30 p.m. Elsewhere in California, thunderstorms that dropped light rain gave some breathing room to crews struggling to quench the state’s massive wildfires but lightning sparked several new blazes in the drought-stricken north, fire officials said.

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