Firefighters say Castaic fire grows to 250 acres

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California say a brush fire that briefly threatened an elementary school in a rural community has grown to 250 acres as it churns through thicker brush.

The fire started in Castaic (kas-TAY'-ihk) around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters in the air and on the ground were able to douse the flames closest to Northlake Hills Elementary School.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller says the school had a great defensible space around it, so it was easy to protect.

Miller says the fire is still quite a distance from 19 homes on Elk Ridge Road and Vista Point Place. He says residents have been asked to voluntarily leave their homes as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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