Charlie Fire at 3,380 acres, evacuations still in effectMai Nguyen Do September 23, 2018 0 COMMENTS
A brush fire broke out near Castaic Lake on Saturday afternoon and has spread to 3,380 acres with 10% containment as of 7:31 a.m., according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Charlie fire was reported just before 3 p.m., according to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station.
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the west side of San Francisquito Canyon Road between Lowridge Place to Camp 14, which includes about 20 to 30 homes in the area.
Road closures include San Francisquito Canyon Road by Low Ridge to Camp 14, Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route to Dry Gulch Road and Charlie Canyon Road by Tapia Canyon.
Fire crews are attempting to hold the fire west of San Franciscquito Canyon Road and north of Pitchess Detention Center, according to an incident action plan.
Castaic Lake is currently being used as a staging area and command center for fire officials and other authorities. It will remain closed until further notice, according to Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.