A vehicle fully engulfed in flames on the I-5 North near Parker Road in Castaic started a brush fire on the freeway shoulder at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a U-Haul truck full of household goods that was fully engulfed in flames in the far right lane of the freeway at 1:39 p.m., CHP officials said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are planning tests to prepare for fire season -- assuming the conditions are right, officials said Tuesday. “We haven’t put any live fire on the ground due to fuel conditions,” said Inspector Tony Akins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “We have to have a burn prescription.” The Fire Department regularly conducts “controlled” or “prescribed” burns to prepare for fire season at Peter Pitchess Honor Rancho and the Del Valle Fire Training Center in Castaic, but only under certain conditions.
More than 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses joined together in a lawsuit likely to seek at least $20 million from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the Powerhouse Fire, an attorney said Tuesday. A lawsuit brought forth by the law offices of Gerard Singleton, claims LADWP facility Powerhouse No. 1, the first power plant for Los Angeles, is responsible for the fire, Singleton said.
“Pretty much everyone involved believes that the lines caused the fire, but we don’t know the exact mechanism,” Singleton said. The law firm is awaiting permission for full access to the facility so its experts can conduct their own investigation.