UPDATE: Firefighters make progress on Route Fire north of Castaic; 462 acres burned

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A brush fire burning just off Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County forced a temporary full closure of the freeway Saturday evening.

The Route Fire started burning in brush off I-5 near Templin Highway on Saturday just before 4 p.m. It has burned 462 acres and is 63% contained. Caltrans says only one northbound lane remains closed as of Sunday evening as firefighters continue to look for and put out hotspots.

The fire caused major delays for motorists traveling the busy highway Saturday evening. Most lanes were reopened after about four hours.

Officials said two firefighters suffered burn injuries.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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