A fire that broke out near the 5 Freeway in Castaic early Wednesday afternoon grew to at least 640 acres by late in the evening, initially prompting mandatory evacuations in some Santa Clarita neighborhoods. But by Wednesday night, firefighters had stopped forward progress of the blaze and evacuation orders were lifted.
The North Fire began as weather officials warned of dangerous fire conditions through Saturday.
Several @LACoFireAirOps water dropping helicopters are working together with aircraft from @CAL_FIRE @LAFDAirOps to support @LACoFD firefighters battling the #NorthFire near Santa Clarita, CA. With @LACoFDPIO @santaclarita @SCVSheriff pic.twitter.com/l1fGLjV1Ad— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) April 29, 2021
- Acreage: 640 (downgraded by fire officials from 650 after an "IR mapping flight")
- Containment: 25%
- Structures destroyed: n/a
- Structures threatened: n/a
- Resources deployed: n/a
#NorthFire morning update cont... Containment stands at 25% with crews actively engaged in strengthening control lines. Crews today face high temps, low relative humidity and at times gusty conditions. Multiple agencies from Southern California are assisting #LACoFD— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) April 29, 2021
Evacuations Issued, Later Lifted
L.A. County Fire officials announced the following areas were under mandatory evacuation orders as of 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, but all evacuations were lifted at about 10 p.m.
- North and west of West Hills Drive
- North of Iron Village Drive North and west of Tesoro Del Valle
- North of Copper Hill Drive
Evacuation warnings were in effect for the areas of Rye Canyon Loop and Iron Village Drive and Sterling Lane in Valencia.
The NWS is reporting:
Elevated fire weather danger will remain through Saturday across LA and Ventura Counties due to very warm and dry conditions with periods of gusty north to northeast winds.
The fire broke out just west of the 5 Freeway in Castaic, near open space. The L.A. County Fire Department is the lead agency responding to the fire. Cal Fire lists the cause as "under investigation."
Fires are a critical part of the landscape in the Western U.S., but according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, “the area burned by wildfire from 1984 to 2015 was twice what would have burned had climate change not occurred.” Put simply, hotter, drier conditions present throughout more of the year have made fuels more susceptible to burning across the state.
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