Magic Mountain safe, but Santa Clarita blaze burns 5000 acres

Firefighters battle the Rye Fire on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave  The Signal

Also on Tuesday, a fast-moving 2-alarm brush fire, dubbed the Rye Fire, led to the closure of a portion of the Interstate 5 highway.

As of 3:20 p.m., the Rye Fire has grown to 5,000 acres with 5 percent containment.

An evacuation center is being established by personnel from the American Red Cross at College of the Canyons (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road). A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Westridge housing community, but it was lifted about 6 p.m. The fire is now estimated at 50,500 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds.

The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated. Eastbound lanes of Newhall Ranch Road remained closed.

Wildfires in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have charred thousand of acres and closed major freeways.

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Earlier in the day, the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were closed at Magic Mountain Parkway while southbound lanes were closed at Hasley Canyon Road.

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

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School, West Ranch High School and Oak Hills Elementary School in the Westridge area were bused to College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita city officials said. Dubbed the Rye Fire, the blaze began about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Valencia High School and Santa Clarita Activities Center are being used at as evacuation center.

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

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