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Jun 23, 2013 12:35 AM by Associated Press

Brushfire causes closure of I-5 at Newhall Pass

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County Fire officials have contained a small brushfire that forced the closure of southbound Interstate 5 lanes on a busy summer travel day.

The fire burned nearly 13 acres before firefighters brought it under control with ground crews and aerial water drops.

Traffic was backed up for miles after the California Highway Patrol closed a four-lane section of Interstate 5 between the Calgrove exit and the State Route 14 junction.

All lanes reopened by 6:30 p.m.

The section of Interstate 5 affected, about 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, is a major artery for traffic between Los Angeles and the Central Valley.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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