Los Angeles area brush fire runs out of control, burns 460 acres, triggers evacuations

A bushfire broke out today about 30 miles north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita. By 8 p.m., the fire had burned about 650 acres and continued to burn unchecked, causing evacuations.

The North Fire was reported around 1:45 p.m. in the area of ​​29330 The Old Road, east of the Golden State Freeway (5) and just north of Magic Mountain, according to the County Fire Department. from Los Angeles.

The fire was initially reported at about an acre in light to medium fuels, but spread quickly and was reported to 50 acres around 3:20 p.m. and moving east.

Fire crews at the scene reported slowing their response to the blaze due to the proximity of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explosives disposal site in the area. (Coincidentally, this is also the area where an explosion involving film and television pyrotechnics injured three people and started a small bushfire in February.)

By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the North Fire had exploded to 650 acres and threatened homes.

Santa Clarita is home to a number of movie ranches. The fire from the north seemed to be heading towards a well-known property, The Blue Cloud Ranch, where CBS is Seal Team possesses would have filmed. Fortunately, filming for the show is over.

Frank Gardner, who manages the Blue Cloud Ranch, told Deadline Wednesday night that the blaze appeared to be about 5-7 miles west of the property as the crow flies. From his perspective, Gardner says, “Looks like it’s moving south, so it should be fine.”

Looking like someone who has been through this before, Gardner said the ranch has standard procedures in place for such situations. “We are still moving our tankers. We have four that we preposition. “

“I’m more concerned about the people of Santa Clarita and the firefighters,” he said. “My heart is with them.”

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents north and west of West Hills Drive, north of Iron Village Drive, north and west of Tesoro Del Valle, and north of Copper Hill Drive due to the northern fire, announced the city of Santa Clarita. Evacuated residents who need assistance should contact the Red Cross, according to local authorities.

Road closures were in effect for West Hills Drive from Iron Village Drive north to Copper Hill Drive.

The fire was contained at 0% by 7 p.m.

After a record wildfire season in 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state is heading into a second year of drought with the southern Sierra snowpack in only 15% from normal for this time of year, has already seen more fires to date than last year.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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