LA's 5 Freeway Shut Down Due to Santa Clarita Wildfire

An example of firefighters at work extinguishing a blaze

An example of firefighters at work extinguishing a blaze

Both sides of the 210 freeway near Sylmar that had been closed, reopened Wednesday morning.

There were no injuries reported, but the fire prompted the evacuation of around 5,000 people from about 1,300 homes and the closure of sections of the Golden State (5) Freeway and state Route 126 since it began at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop.

Sun starts to set as firefighters battle the Rye Fire near Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita on Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017.

The so-called Rye Fire was burning in light to medium fuels amid heavy winds, adding to two other large wildfires burning simultaneously in Southern California.

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi) in Castaic is closed as a result of the fire burning off Hasley Canyon Road.

It was first reported about 5 acres but quickly grew to 200 acres and the response was upgraded, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. The fire is now estimated at 50,500 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds.

The Santa Ana winds that contributed to the rapid growth of the Rye Fire on Tuesday are expected to pick up again Wednesday afternoon and into Friday, with the potential for gusts to reach 60 miles per hour. Authorities say no structures were immediately threatened, but evacuations were later ordered in an area of Santa Clarita, KABC reported. Parents will be able to meet with their children there, officials said.

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed. Valencia High School and Santa Clarita Activities Center are being used at as evacuation center. However, westbound lanes of State Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway remained closed. Thousands of acres have been scorched and thousands of homes have been evacuated.

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