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June 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Three water-dropping helicopters were battling a 10-acre brush fire Friday night in the Castaic area near the 5 Freeway. Authorities said no homes or businesses were threatened by the blaze, and no injuries were reported. The fire started close to the intersection of the Old Road and Victoria Road about 8:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.   No evacuations have been ordered, officials said. No cause of the blaze was given, but the extremely hot weather and dry conditions were making it harder for firefighters to get the fire under control quickly.  ALSO: Traffic delays L.A.'s first gay marriage since 2008 Sacramento same-sex couples race to wed: 'History, baby!
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June 20, 2013 | By Jean Merl, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A Castaic man was in custody for allegedly killing his family dog and cat by stabbing them with a spear-like weapon and later setting the dog's corpse on fire, sheriff's officials said Thursday. Jared Foster, 23, was taken into custody Wednesday night after his brother told deputies he had returned home to find the suspect acting irrationally and aggressively, officials said. Fearing for his safety, the brother left the house and called the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.
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June 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities said a Castaic man has been arrested for allegedly using a homemade spear to kill his family's cat and dog, which he later set on fire. Jared Foster, 23, is accused of fashioning the spear by taping a large kitchen knife to a broomstick. He used the spear, and possibly an arrow, to kill the cat Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. Foster also is suspecting of using the spear to kill the dog. He then set the animal on fire in the backyard of the family home in 32700 block of North Ridge Top Lane, authorities said in a statement.
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May 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A brush fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic burned out of control Thursday night, destroying one structure and forcing authorities to evacuate residents as flames burned near homes and threatened high-voltage power lines. The Powerhouse fire spread quickly amid high winds throughout the afternoon and had charred at least 1,000 acres of dry brush and chaparral along San Francisquito Canyon, fire officials said. As night descended, a helicopter was searching for hikers who may be missing in the area, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
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May 18, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
A brush fire near Castaic Lake was 60% contained after burning nearly 600 acres Friday, officials said. The blaze reached the northern shore of the lake, which acted as a "natural fire break," said Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The lake was also enabling firefighters to use boats to "lob water" on the flames, he said. On Friday, Northlake Hills Elementary School and several homes were threatened by the flames, leading officials to temporarily lock down the school and evacuate 19 homes.
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May 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
More than 100 firefighters are attacking a 40-acre fire in Castaic that burned close to an elementary school and has forced a lane closure on southbound 5 Freeway. Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the department received a call around 1:23 p.m. Friday reporting that a car may have started a brush fire. Crews arrived to find a brush fire that "rapidly” spread to 40 acres.    Mora said that Northlake Hills Elementary was the only structure threatened by the fire, which burned as close as 100 yards from the campus.
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May 17, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Firefighters were beginning to gain control Friday evening of a fast-burning brush fire near Castaic Lake that has so far burned 575 acres, fire officials said. The blaze reached the northern shore of the lake, which was acting as a "natural fire break," said Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The lake was also enabling firefighters to use boats to "lob water" on the flames, Mora said. "They're getting a hold of it," he said. "The natural fire break is assisting.
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May 17, 2013
A brush fire in Castaic has burned 40 acres and is tying up traffic on Interstate 5. According to the California Highway Patrol, at least one lane of Interstate 5 was closed, and some other side roads were also shut. Firefighters were on the ground, and water-dropping aircraft were also being used. Several structures were nearby, but fire officials were working to protect them. ALSO: 16-year-old boy arrested in high school 'sexting' scandal   Grand fire costs estimated at $1.3 million; 4,100 acres burned   Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, arrested on suspicion of murder
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May 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A brush fire in Castaic has grown to 350 acres and temporarily forced the evacuation of19 homes as more than 100 firefighters continue to battle the blaze. Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. But low-level smoke has limited visibility during evacuations. Mora said four homes on Elk Ridge Road and 15 on Vista Point Place were evacuated, but the order was rescinded about 4:40 p.m. “The evacuations are precautionary,” Mora said.
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