Rye Fire in Santa Clarita Grows to 7000 Acres; Evacuations Lifted

The Rye Fire continued to rage out of control in the Santa Clarita area on Dec. 5 2017

The Rye Fire continued to rage out of control in the Santa Clarita area on Dec. 5 2017

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.

An evacuation center is being established by personnel from the American Red Cross at College of the Canyons (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road).

On December 5, 2017, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Creek Fire.

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.

The Rye Fire, a 3-day-old wind-driven blaze in Santa Clarita, was 10 percent contained Thursday after destroying at least one structure and scorching 7,000 acres, authorities said.

The fire could reach the Simi Valley area due to heavy winds, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement.

Power was not expected to be restored to the campus until around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to campus officials.

Both College of the Canyons campuses are open today and classes are expected to continue as usual, according to the college's social media accounts.

The Warrior Invitational basketball tournament hosted by Alemany and Heritage Christian cancelled all Tuesday games and rescheduled them for Wednesday. Valencia High School and Santa Clarita Activities Center are being used at as evacuation center.

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

Evacuations were ordered along Rye Canyon Loop, and a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Westridge housing community.

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