Rye Fire in Santa Clarita burns 5000 acres, only 5 percent contained

An example of a firefighter backlit by an inferno

The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated.

Less than two hours later, it had spread to 5,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

All evacuations were lifted in the Santa Clarita Valley by 6:20 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The 5 Freeway was closed in both directions near SR 126, and Rye Canyon Loop was also closed, along with SR 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway. Students at West Ranch High School, Rancho Pico Junior High and Oak Hills Elementary are being bussed to College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, according to the city.

Newhall Ranch Road westbound is also closed at McBean Parkway.

- LACounty Fire PIO (@LACoFDPIO)#RyeFire has now burned 500 acres in Southern California. A separate fire near Hasley Canyon Road and Commerce Center Drive in Castaic broke out just before 10:00 a.m.

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Firefighters have made some progress against the Rye Fire, which has burned 7,000 acres in Santa Clarita.

While authorities continue to evaluate conditions allowing residents back into the affected areas, there were no road closures as a result of the Rye Fire in effect Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff's officials.

West Creek Academy is closed for the remainder of the day and Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia is now evacuating students. Valencia High School and Santa Clarita Activities Center are being used at as evacuation center.

Schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District was closed Wednesday, the Simi Valley Police Department said.

The Rye Fire started about 9:55 a.m.in the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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

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