Emigrant Fire sparked by burning truck spreading quickly, already at 100+ acres

The brush fire has caused a 5-mile backup on the 5 freeway at Vista Del Lago.
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A brush fire caused by a burning big rig has spread to burn more than 100 acres Friday in the Gorman area.

The Emigrant Fire was reported a little before 1:45 p.m. near the 5 Freeway at Vista Del Lago Road, according to the Angeles National Forest.

The Los Angles County Fire Department said the brush fire quickly spread to burning 180 acres, with the possibility of reaching 500 acres. Air crews were deployed to battle the blaze.

The fire was named after Emigrant Landing, a boating facility at Pyramid Lake, said the Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Section.

The northbound and southbound Vista Del Lago offramps are closed due to the fire. Additionally, the two right lanes of the 5 North at Vista Del Lago are currently closed. The blocked-off lanes have resulted in about 5 miles of backed-up traffic.

No structures are threatened at this time. No injuries have yet been reported.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.