Dramatic images of the Route Fire burning near Castaic, California

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Mother Nature's fury...

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Within a matter of what seemed like minutes, the brush fire burning near Castaic, a city located north of Los Angeles, turned into a full-fledged blaze that moved at the speed of light.

Television stations captured the intense torment as winds shifted in the already extreme heat—the average temperatures yesterday in Los Angeles County were well over 100 degrees.

As the fire grew in intensity, the brave firefighters—some 250, plus 115 U.S. Forest Service firefighters, eight air tankers and seven helicopters—worked to stop the destructive path, which prompted closures of all lanes of the 5 Freeway.

The fire is at 0% containment as of Thursday, with over 5,100 acres burned. And as expected, the images captured during the battle have been harrowing and nearly unbelievable.

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Route Fire

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Route Fire

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Story originally appeared on List Wire