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Rye Fire scorches 7,000 acres in Santa Clarita

Firefighters drop fire retardant on the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita.
John Lazar/Courtesy of Cal Fire
Firefighters drop fire retardant on the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita.

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The Rye Fire, which broke out Tuesday morning in Santa Clarita, has scorched 7,000 acres and is currently five percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

There have been no reported injuries. About 775 firefighters were battling the flames. The brush fire was first reported around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near Rye Canyon Loop.

Residents of the Westridge area of Santa Clarita were allowed to return to their homes, but some evacuations remained in place, L.A. County fire officials said.

All schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District will be open Wednesday. Schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District are closed Wednesday. 


Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the Valencia Travel Village in Castaic, but they have been lifted for the unincorporated community of West Ridge, according to the L.A. Sheriff's Department.

Evacuation centers are listed below:

  • Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Drive
  • College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita
  • For large animals and livestock: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster


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Correction: An earlier version of this post listed the wrong address for the Valencia High School evacuation shelter. The information was relayed from county officials, who have since updated the information.