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Photos: 1,000 People Evacuated As Wildfire Burns Along 5 Freeway In Santa Clarita

The view of the Calgrove Fire from the CalArts campus (Photo by Christine Ziemba/LAist)
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A wildfire in Santa Clarita along the 5 freeway has burned about 100 acres and forced the evacuation of about 1,000 people.The fire broke out just after 1 p.m. near the freeway at Calgrove Boulevard and spread to about 100 acres just around 4 p.m. According to ACB 7, firefighters have only only contained about 20% of the fire as of this reporting. The Calgrove Fire temporarily closed all lanes of the the 5 freeway in the Newhall Pass.

CHP tweeted that the freeway was reopened around 3 p.m., but warned that it remained subject to closures depending on the progress.

In total, about 1,000 people were evacuated from nearby homes and a mobile-home park, with an additional 30 horses, according to KTLA. CalArts, whose campus is in Santa Clarita, closed down the campus early this afternoon due to the fire.

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Oh, and as you'd imagine, traffic is terrible in the area:


Ugh (Google Maps)

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