Rye Fire Day 1

Rye Fire Day 1

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

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

No structures were immediately threatened by the so-called Rye Fire, and no injuries were reported.

The fire shut down northbound and southbound Interstate 5 near Highway 126 for several hours as smoke and embers made it hard for traffic to move through the area.

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.

Hundreds of firefighters, including air units, worked to control the fire amid gusting Santa Ana winds.

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- LACounty Fire PIO (@LACoFDPIO)#RyeFire has now burned 500 acres in Southern California.

Evacuations were lifted for the Westridge area in Santa Clarita, city officials said in a Facebook post at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that the 9-1-1 system is down at the Santa Clarita station because of a power outage.

Evacuation centers had been established at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive and College of the Canyons, 6455 Rockwell Canyon Road as a precaution.

Homes along Rye Canyon Loop, the Westridge housing community, and the Valencia Travel Village RV park were ordered to evacuate.

Also on Tuesday, a fast-moving 2-alarm brush fire, dubbed the Rye Fire, led to the closure of a portion of the Interstate 5 highway. Thousands of acres have been scorched and thousands of homes have been evacuated.

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