Firefighters Working to Contain 5000-Acre Rye Fire

I-5 reopens in Santa Clarita as Rye Fire continues to burn

As of 3:20 p.m., the Rye Fire has grown to 5,000 acres with 5 percent containment. Rye Canyon Loop was also closed, along with state Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway.

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. The mandatory order was lifted for Westridge residents at about 6 p.m.

The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated.

The Creek Fire in the mountains above Sylmar has burned 11,000 acres and forced the closure of the 210 freeway and the interchange with the 118 freeway.

Evacuations ordered for Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road. A separate fire near Hasley Canyon Road and Commerce Center Drive in Castaic broke out just before 10:00 a.m.

West Creek Academy is closed for the remainder of the day and Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia is now evacuating students.

The wind-fueled brush fire was reported about 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop, near Highway 126, also known as Newhall Ranch Road, according to the fire department.

At the time of the request, the fire was threatening over 2,000 homes in and around the communities of Santa Clarita, Valencia, Fillmore and Piru, as well as three schools, one fire station, the L.A. County Fire Training Center, Magic Mountain and an Edison Transmission Line, according to a news release.

High winds are pushing the fire as well as causing power outages throughout the City.

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