As of 8 a.m. this morning the Rye Fire has burned 7,000 acres and is just 5% contained. There is no current active fire in the City, but the fire threat remains high as strong winds are expected to continue through Friday. Smoke can be seen to the south of Santa Clarita from the Creek Fire which is still burning out of control near Sylmar and has burned more than 11,000 acres.
According to the Southern California Edison outage center there is only one outage still affecting the City. Power is back on at the Newhall Community Center and they are open for business.
The Rye Fire did damage one outbuilding. Currently there are 775 firefighters battling the blaze.
As of 5:45 this evening the evacuations for the Westridge area of Stevenson Ranch have been lifted and residents are being allowed to return home. The Rye Fire burned 5,000 acres today and is 5% contained tonight. Several areas within the City are still experiencing power outages. Some 46 trees were knocked down by today’s winds. City crews have cleared all the trees blocking right of ways. The eastbound lanes of Newhall Ranch road are still closed as fire crews mop up hot spots.
The Rye Fire continues to burn west of Interstate 5 toward the Ventura County line. So far 5,000 acres have burned and the fire is 5% contained. Evacuations remain in effect for Westridge area of Stevenson Ranch and the Travel Village RV Resort, a total of 1300 homes.
Newhall Ranch Road has reopened westbound, eastbound lanes remain closed, all other Santa Clarita streets are open at this time. There are several traffic signals out, due to power outages. The Old Road is now open Northbound from Magic Mountain. The 126 Westbound from Interstate 5 is closed.
Currently 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.
Parents of students at Oak Hills Elementary in Stevenson Ranch are being asked to pick their students up at College of the Canyons at the P.E. Building.
The California Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 5 in both directions. Traffic is still backed up in the area.
The Rye Fire continues to burn out of control. So far the wind-blown flames have charred 1,000 acres, jumping the I-5 freeway and is currently burning toward Ventura County on the Fillmore side. The Rye Fire is currently 0% contained.
Evacuations have been ordered for:
All of Westridge area, 1,300 homes
Travel Village RV Resort
West Ranch High School
Rancho Pico Junior High
Oak Hills Elementary School
Students are being evacuated to College of the Canyons stadium and residents can go to evacuation shelters also at College of the Canyons.
Evacuations have been ordered for the three schools on Valencia Blvd. in Stevenson Ranch. West Ranch High School and Rancho Pico Jr. High and are being evacuated to College of the Canyons. Traffic is jammed in the area. Parents are being asked to go to College of the Canyons and not try and go to the schools. Oak Hills Elementary parents have been asked to pick up their kids from the school immediately.
Travel Village RV Resort on Highway 126 is also being evacuated. Please avoid the area.