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Rye Fire: At Highway 126 near Magic Mountain

Rye Fire now approximately 7,000 acres
Posted at 10:47 AM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 19:37:45-05

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. 

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.