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An aerial image shows the North Fire burning near homes in the Santa Clarita area
The North Fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon and by nightfall was reported to be at least 650 acres in size
(Courtesy L.A. County Fire Air Ops)
North Fire Near Santa Clarita Burns 640 Acres; Evacuation Orders Lifted
A fire that began Wednesday afternoon near Castaic initially prompted mandatory evacuations as weather officials warned of elevated fire danger through Saturday.
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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.

The Basics

  • 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

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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.

Weather Conditions

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 Background

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."

Climate Change

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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