Monday, 18 June, 2018

LA's 5 Freeway Shut Down Due to Santa Clarita Wildfire

Rye Fire burns 500 acres in Santa Clarita area; 5 Fwy closed Northbound and southbound I-5 reopened after fire at Highway 126 near Magic Mountain
Sammy Stanley | 07 December, 2017, 04:18

The fire was reported about 9:35 a.m. near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop, near highway 126, also known as Newhall Ranch Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The FEMA Regional Administrator determined Tuesday that "the Rye Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster", the news release stated. The fast moving, active brush fire that started north of Santa Paula near Highway 150, has burned into the city limits of Ventura and toward Highway 33.

Authorities say the wildfire is 5 percent contained after it prompted evacuations of about 5,000 people from 1,300 homes, and forced closures on sections of the Golden State (5) Freeway and state Route 126. The fire is now estimated at 50,500 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds.

About 250 firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, which was burning in light to medium fuels amid gusting Santa Ana winds. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Parents will be able to meet with their children there, officials said.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said he expects to find more homes destroyed when the smoke from the fire clears, according to the Los Angeles Times. An evacuation center has been established in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive).

Evacuations were ordered along Rye Canyon Loop.

The Creek Fire in Sylmar and Thomas Fire in Ventura County have also been blazing out of control for much of Tuesday, prompting California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

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