Rye Fire burns 500 acres in Santa Clarita area; 5 Fwy closed

1000-Acre Rye Fire in Santa Clarita Prompts Closure of 5 Freeway; LASD Station, Schools Without Power in Area

1000-Acre Rye Fire in Santa Clarita Prompts Closure of 5 Freeway; LASD Station, Schools Without Power in Area

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials are evacuating the area of Rye Canyon Loop and Kelly Johnson Parkway. Newhall Ranch Road westbound between Rye Canyon Road and Interstate 5 has reopened, but the eastbound side of the road is still closed. DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.

The fire prompted the evacuation of about 5,000 people from about 1,300 homes and the closure of sections of the Golden State (5) Freeway and state Route 126 after it broke out about 9:35 a.m. Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop.

Residents in Simi Valley are being told to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

Evacuation orders were given for residents along Rye Canyon Loop and residents in the Westridge community.

Power was interrupted to 2,090 customers in the Santa Clarita area, according to Southern California Edison. An evacuation center has been established in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive). La Reina cancelled all sporting events for Wednesday while the Moorpark and Simi Valley Unified School Districts did the same in addition to cancelling classes. The red dots are the most recent, detected at 12:40 a.m. PST December 6, 2017.

The fire started early Tuesday morning in the Kagel Canyon area.

Campus Safety is also encouraging students to complete their activities indoors to avoid the dirt and debris kicked up by the high winds. About 775 firefighters are on scene.

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