Firefighters Gain Ground On Rye Fire In Santa Clarita

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The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated. Officials temporarily closed the 5 freeway.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials had no press conference regarding the Rye Fire scheduled as of Wednesday, according to LACoFD officials. Officials are considering lifting some of the mandatory evacuation orders. Westridge High School, Rancho Pico Middle School and Oak Hills Elementary School were evacuated as well.

Newhall Ranch Road is also closed between the 126 and Rye Canyon Road, the city reported.

Sustained winds of 35 miles per hour caused the blaze to reach 5,000 acres and only 5 percent containment by 3 p.m.

Active smoke could be seen billowing south into Santa Clarita on the east side of the 5 freeway at Hasley Canyon Road around 9 a.m.

Road closures are in effect near the fire zone and residents are asked to avoid the area.

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The Rye Fire burns in the Santa Clarita area on December 5, 2017.

West Creek Academy is closed for the remainder of the day and Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia is now evacuating students.

Evacuation centers were established at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive and College of the Canyons, 6455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

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

The Rye Fire has burned 7,000 acres and stands at five percent containment as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Firefighter Specialist Randall Wright of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

High winds are pushing the fire as well as causing power outages throughout the City.