As of last update from L.A. County Fire, the Placerita Fire is 75% contained and the total acreage was downgraded to 760 acres. Unified Command hopes to have the fire mopped up by tonight. Thank you to all our public safety crews for their hard work putting this blaze out.
Fire Update: Fire crews kept a close watch on hot spots overnight. Placerita Canyon Road from Sand Canyon to the 14 Freeway remains closed as firefighters continue to deal with spot fires in the area. Currently the fire has burned 870 acres and is 57% contained. There are 460 firefighters working the fire, from Los Angeles County Fire Department, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.
Weather conditions today are hot and dry with a red flag warning. Fire officials warn that todays winds could result in flare-ups and people in the fire area should remain on guard throughout the day and evening. Those with large animals should have an evacuation plan in place. The City of Santa Clarita will continue to post updates here.
Emergency Update: PLACERITA FIRE BURNS 870 ACRES IS 50% CONTAINED TONIGHT
Firefighters battled the quick moving blaze and high temperatures
A rollover accident on Sierra Highway just after 1:30 p.m. today sparked a fast-moving brush fire that grew quickly due to gusty winds. The Los Angeles County Fire Department in Unified Command with the Angeles National Forest responded quickly to the Placerita Fire with ground crews, bulldozers, water dropping helicopters and air tankers dumping fire retardant to protect homes and slow the progress. By 5 p.m. crews had gained the upper hand but will continue to monitor hot spots throughout the night.
“It was a great effort from Unified Command and outside resources,” said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Vince Pena. “We were able to address the fast-moving structure threat, and flames that were moving from the County, to State, to Federal land. We are really happy with the coordinated effort, and were able to knock down something which could have been a three-day fire, in about three hours.”
The fire forced the closure of the 14 Freeway for several hours causing major backups in both directions. Nearby surface streets were also shut down but all roadways are open tonight.
Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for 29 homes in the area of Running Horse and Tenderfoot Roads, but are expected to be lifted later this evening.
“Today’s fire is a harsh reminder of the danger of wildfires in our City,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the LA County Fire Department, Angeles National Forest, LA County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and everyone else who assisted in today’s firefight. Our fire crews braved the temperatures which peaked at 106 degrees today to stop the flames from reaching homes. Let the Placerita Fire be a warning to all of us to use caution during this fire season, especially with the July 4th holiday just around the corner.”
Emergency Update: The Placerita Fire has burned 750 acres and is currently 50% contained. The 14 Freeway is once again open in both directions. Voluntary evacuations remain in place for only Running Horse Road to Tenderfoot Road.
Fire crews staged an aggressive fire fight with multiple air drops and ground crews braving the winds and temperatures reaching above 105 degrees.
Public safety officials are still on site and on standby in case of another flare up.
Emergency update: The Placerita Fire continues to burn out of control driven by high winds and hot temperatures. As of now 850 acres have been burned. Voluntary evacuations have been ordered for the Placerita Canyon area. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter at Golden Valley High School. The 14 Freeway has been shut down and traffic is jammed in the area. One structure at the Disney Ranch is a loss. The wind driven fire was sparked by a car accident on the 14 Freeway just before 1 p.m. today.
The City of Santa Clarita will continue to post updates on this site as well as on Twitter @SantaClarita.
Placerita fire has burned more than 850 acres. Fire crews are gaining the upper hand.
This space will be used to keep residents of the City of Santa Clarita informed during an emergency or disaster (this page gets activated during an emergency impacting Santa Clarita, such as a wildfire, earthquake or flood). Information will be posted as it becomes available. Non-emergency information can be found on our Twitter and Facebook page.
Be Ready, Be Resilient!
Learn about how you can be prepared for emergencies in Santa Clarita, and sign up for our notification services by clicking the icons below.
Be Ready, Be Resilient!
Updates to Your Inbox
Updates to Your Cell