Firefighters Gain Ground On Rye Fire In Santa Clarita

Firefighters Gain Ground On Rye Fire In Santa Clarita”

Homes along Rye Canyon Loop, the Westridge housing community, and the Valencia Travel Village RV park were ordered to evacuate.

The fire shut down northbound and southbound Interstate 5 near Highway 126 for several hours as smoke and embers made it hard for traffic to move through the area. Rye Canyon Loop was also closed, along with state Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the Golden State Freeway.

The Rye Fire has burned 5,000 acres and is 5 percent contained according to Los Angeles County Fire.

Road closures are in effect near the fire zone and residents are asked to avoid the area.

As of now, there are no plans to reschedule the 1AA regional final between Oaks Christian hosting San Diego Helix on Friday or Grace Brethen hosting Aquinas Saturday at Moorpark College in the 2A regional final. Game time will be at 6 p.m. An evacuation center has been established in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive).

"Residents on the northern side of the City should be aware of this possibility and be prepared to evacuate if necessary", the statement said.

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.

High winds are pushing the fire as well as causing power outages throughout the City. Mandatory evacuations were issued for approximately 1,000 people, with the potential for further evacuations. 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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