A new wildfire broke out in California near Castaic (Los Angeles county) on Saturday, September 22. The so-called ‘Charlie Fire’ started at approximately 15:00 (local time) north of Castaic and quickly spread to over 1214 hectares (3000 acres) by Saturday evening. As of 21:20, the blaze is 10 percent contained and has forced residents from 20-50 homes near Camp 14 on San Francisquito Canyon Road to evacuate. Local police officials have also closed the road between Camp 14 and Lowridge Place. Further evacuations and road closures are possible in the coming days as firefighters work to contain the fire.
Local authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. Wildfires are frequent in California from May through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire, adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and monitor the situation. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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