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

Firefighters battle the Rye Fire on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave  The Signal
Firefighters battle the Rye Fire on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave The Signal

07 Diciembre, 2017

The Rye Fire was reported Tuesday morning in Santa Clarita near Castaic Junction, the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 126.

Evacuations were lifted for the Westridge area in Santa Clarita, city officials said in a Facebook post at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday.

Students were then escorted to Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons' Valencia campus.

The freeway was closed at the 126 Freeway as a safety precaution, but was reopened about 2 p.m.

The fire was at 1,000 acres about 1:15 p.m. Ventura is scheduled to play in the tournament on Friday and Saturday but the status of those games have yet to be determined.

Schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District was closed Wednesday, the Simi Valley Police Department said. The state's request was approved on December 5, 2017, at 9:44 AM EST.

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.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Scott Miller told KTLA that resources are a bit stretched for the Rye Fire, but officials were expecting more to come in. "Prayers to all affected by these fires".

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.

Both College of the Canyons campuses are open today and classes are expected to continue as usual, according to the college's social media accounts. The fire is near Valencia, California near Magic Mountain. 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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