Rye Fire burns 500 acres in Santa Clarita area; 5 Fwy closed

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2017

It was first reported about 5 acres but quickly grew to 200 acres and the response was upgraded, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. The second-alarm fire, dubbed the Rye Fire, broke out around 9:30 a.m. near the 25000 block of Rye Canyon Loop.

Frazier Park, CA (Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.)-CHP reports that drivers were turning their vehicles and driving the wrong way on the freeway to escape the fire. The fire was burning north of Newhall Ranch Road and east of the 5 Freeway.

The so-called Rye Fire was burning in light to medium fuels amid heavy winds, adding to two other large wildfires burning simultaneously in Southern California.

Highways near the fire were shut down in both directions, authorities said. All of Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway were also closed.

The Rye Canyon Loop area has been evacuated and Valencia High School is being used at as evacuation center.

All of those those students were being evacuated to the cafeteria of the College of the Canyons at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

Large brush fires are also burning in Sylmar along the 210 freeway and in the Santa Paula/Ventura area. Pacoima: 13306 Branford Street.

An estimated 240 firefighters are battling a 1,000-acre brush fire that broke out in Santa Clarita early Tuesday, causing more than 2,000 to lose power and forcing some to evacuate. Calls regarding the outage led to the station's 911 system to be down. The office said calls were being rerouted so as to help everyone in need.

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