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1000-Acre Rye Fire in Santa Clarita Prompts Closure of 5 Freeway; LASD Station, Schools Without Power in Area

A 1,000-acre brush fire in Santa Clarita has prompted the closure of the 5 Freeway in both directions in the area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

As of 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Rye Fire had burned 7,000 acres and was at 5 percent containment, according to officials.

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. Rye Canyon Loop was also closed, along with state Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway. Westridge High School, Rancho Pico Middle School and Oak Hills Elementary School were evacuated as well.

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The fire was at 1,000 acres about 1:15 p.m.

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

All classes starting at 5 p.m. or later at both campuses of College of the Canyons were canceled.

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Some 1,000 personnel are now battling the blaze, and 27,000 people have been forced to evacuate the area.

Power was interrupted to 2,090 customers in the Santa Clarita area, according to Southern California Edison. Parents will be able to meet with their children there, officials said.

Simi Valley residents were on alert as the flames marched southwest toward that that community.

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Earlier in the day, the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were closed at Magic Mountain Parkway while southbound lanes were closed at Hasley Canyon Road.

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