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Wildfire forces school lock down

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POSTED May 17, 2013 9:27 p.m.

CASTAIC. (AP) — Firefighters worked swiftly to steer a 40-acre brushfire away from an elementary school moments before school was set to let out for the day.

Los Angeles County firefighters say the blaze is burning in light brush off Interstate 5 north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic. It was reported just before 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The fire was creeping toward Northlake Hills Elementary for a time before crews attacked the flames from the air and ground.

The school was put on lockdown and buses were put on standby in case hundreds of kindergarten through fifth grade students needed to be evacuated.

The flames were redirected, however, and county sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen says the students were released to their parents without incident.

Firefighters say they don't know how the fire started.


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