Photos: 1,000 People Evacuated As Wildfire Burns Along 5 Freeway In Santa Clarita
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.
UPDATED SIGALERT: NB/SB I5 JSO GAVIN CANYON, NB I5'S LANES 1 AND 2 OPEN, SB I5'S LANES ARE FULLY REOPENED (SANTA CLARITA)— CHP PIO - LA County (@CHPsouthern) June 24, 2015
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.
Oh, and as you'd imagine, traffic is terrible in the area:
Ugh (Google Maps)