Railroad Fire Burns Homes In Santa Clarita
A brush fire that erupted in Santa Clarita early Monday evening quickly overtook at least a few homes and threatened many more before crews managed to stop it from spreading farther.
The Railroad Fire started at about 4:30 p.m. in an area surrounded by residential developments. Within an hour it had burned 10 acres and damaged three buildings, according to Santa Clarita city officials.
By 6:20 p.m., officials said the fire was 50 percent contained and its forward progress had been stopped. Crews were begining to mop up. TV news footage showed mostly smoldering hillsides.
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The fire burned in an area bounded by Newhall Avenue, Dockweiler Drive, Sierra Highway and Valle Del Oro and threatened the Terrace Apartments, prompting officials to call for residents to evacuate.
Officials said they were working with the Red Cross to set up a shelter at Golden Valley High School.
The Sheriff's Department advised of road closures at Newhall Avenue between Sierra Highway and Railroad Avenue, as well as Dockweiler Drive at Sierra Highway.
Transit services were also impacted, with bus lines temporarily avoiding stops along Newhall Avenue:
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