UPDATE (12/6/17) Fire now at 7,000 acres and is 5% contained. No reports of structures lost and all mandatory evacuations have been lifted.
A fire that erupted around 9:30 Tuesday morning shut down Interstate 5 in both directions and forced multiple evacuations in Santa Clarita. The I-5 later reopened.
The Rye Fire has burned 5,000 acres and is 5 percent contained according to Los Angeles County Fire.
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.
Evacuation orders were given for residents along Rye Canyon Loop and residents in the Westridge community. Westridge High School, Rancho Pico Middle School and Oak Hills Elementary School were evacuated as well.
#RyeFire UPDATE IC reporting 5000 acres with 5% containment.
— LACounty Fire PIO (@LACoFDPIO) December 5, 2017
#RyeFire has now burned 500 acres in Southern California. The fire is near Valencia, California near Magic Mountain. Here's video of 23ABC News viewer Shelby Rolin along Interstate 5. #ConnectingYou . pic.twitter.com/ypuMJwvS8J
— 23ABC News (@23ABCNews) December 5, 2017
Residents in Simi Valley are being told to be ready to go at a moment's notice. Simi Valley Police Department issued a statement stating because of weather conditions and heavy winds the Rye Fire might reach their area Tuesday evening.
12 noon 12.5.17 Evac Centers:
Pacoima: Sunland Senior Center 13306 Brandford Street. Pacoima, CA 91331
Sylmar: Sylmar Recreational Park 13109 Borden Ave Sylmar, CA 91342
Santa Clarita: 20880 Center Pointe Parkway, Sycamore Room A, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 #CreekFire #RyeFire pic.twitter.com/RptIcEkXl9
— Red Cross LosAngeles (@RedCrossLA) December 5, 2017