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


Students at West Ranch High School, Rancho Pico Junior High and Oak Hills Elementary are being bussed to College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, according to the city.

There were no injuries reported, but the fire had prompted evacuations of around 5,000 people from about 1,300 homes and the closure of sections of the Golden State (5) Freeway and state Route 126. Located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, that fire spread from 500 acres Monday night to 50,000 acres the following morning. Some 150 structures were destroyed, KTLA reported.

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.

The Creek Fire was the second blaze to erupt and is also considered a wildfire.

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More than 20 square miles of residential property were reported as being evacuated. Thousands of acres have been scorched and thousands of homes have been evacuated.

In addition, the Simi Valley Police Department announced that schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 6. The fire is burning in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, according to KABC. Newhall Ranch Road westbound between Rye Canyon Road and Interstate 5 has reopened, but the eastbound side of the road is still closed.

#RyeFire UPDATE IC reporting 5000 acres with 5% containment.

Evacuations were lifted for the Westridge area in Santa Clarita, city officials said in a Facebook post at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday. About 775 firefighters are on scene.