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40,000 people ordered to evacuate as a result of wildfires near Los Angeles

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 04:16:56-04

UPDATE (8:02 p.m.) The Kern County Fire Department posted on Instagram they were sending approximately 75 firefighters to help with the fires in Southern California. Officials said most were assigned to the "Tick Fire" near Santa Clarita.

UPDATE (6:42 p.m.) According to CalTrans, all lanes of northbound I-5 have reopened.

UPDATE (5:58 p.m.): According to the Associated Press, "Authorities say at least 40,000 people ordered to evacuate as wildfires burn near Los Angeles-area neighborhoods." The Tick Fire has already burned 3,700 acres.

UPDATE (5:43 p.m.): CalTrans provides update on road closures.

UPDATE (4:49 p.m.): Supervisor Kathryn Ann Barger, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, posed on Twitter that "six homes have been lost in Castaic."

UPDATE (4:43 p.m.): Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff has announced that the evacuation center will be at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, not as Golden Valley High School as previously reported.

UPDATE (4:38 p.m.): The California Highway Patrol has re-opened southbound I-5 at Templin Highway. Northbound I-5 remains closed in Castaic.

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.): The California Highway Patrol is warning drivers using San Francisquito Canyon Road to go north to be aware of heavy traffic due to closed roads.

UPDATE (4:27 p.m.): An inferno is raging in Southern California. At least two structures have been damaged after a brush fire sparked up in Canyon Country. The blaze is being called the Tick Fire.

As a result of the fire, southbound I-5 at Templin and northbound I-5 at Hasley Canyon have been closed due to the fire.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire was burning downhill in brush with 30 miles per hour winds. It all started around 2 p.m. The blaze has scorched more than 850 acres and multiple crews are continuing to work to contain the flames.

There are two fires burning in the area but the Tick Fire is the larger inferno.

Homes to the west of the fire near Santa Clarita were under mandatory evacuation orders near Highway 14. LA Fire officials also announced mandatory evacuations for Soledad Canyon Road to Shadow Pines Boulevard along Highway 14.

At this time it is unknown what caused the Tick Fire.

A Red Cross Evacuation Center was set up at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.

This is a developing story. We will have more information as it becomes available.