Lake Fire near Castaic Lake in Southern California

Firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Angeles National Forest are battling a brush fire near Lake Castaic in dry, unpredictable conditions, authorities said.

CASTAIC A wind-blown fire in dry, hard terrain near Castaic Lake had rapidly grown to 1,000 acres and burned two outbuildings Saturday night.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy says crews were able to clear brush surrounding the fire to stop its spread and that it appeared they had a handle on it. The cause of the fire was unknown, but investigators said it started in a picnic area where campers can barbecue.

The fire, which has been dubbed the?Lake Fire, ? is reported to be at zero percent containment as of 4:09 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Public Information Officer Twitter.

However, the lake was expected to remain open to recreational boats Sunday via the western ramps, officials said.

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No mandatory evacuations were in place, Licon said. There were no injuries reported as of 5:30 p.m.

In Palmdale, a 32-year-old heat record was broken on Sunday when temperatures climbed to 108 degrees.

"The wind is cooperating with us right now", Licon said shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday.

The fire destroyed two outbuildings, and one firefighter battling the flames was taken to the hospital with minor injures. The heat is raising concerns about other fires sparking. "The firefighters will be out there, but there will be no shade for them". "We're working off the (bull) dozer line back down toward the lake".

"Those fuels burned very quickly", Nathan Judy said.

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