Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Power was interrupted to 2,090 customers in the Santa Clarita area, according to Southern California Edison.

The Rye Fire started about 9:55 a.m.in the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

State officials requested a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Rye Fire on Tuesday, which was approved at 3:45 p.m. the same day, according to FEMA officials.

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.

Evacuation orders were given for residents along Rye Canyon Loop and residents in the Westridge community.

Containment of the blaze was ongoing near the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with active smoke seen billowing south into Santa Clarita on the east side of the 5 freeway at Hasley Canyon Road.

About 250 firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, which was burning in light to medium fuels amid gusting Santa Ana winds. Calls are being rerouted. However, westbound lanes of State Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway remained closed. An evacuation center has been established in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive).

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.

The Thomas Fire burned many homes in the Nob Hill Estates area near Ventura Tuesday morning. He added that the firefighters have a "really good" perimeter surrounding the fire and they hope to have a good handle on it.

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