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1000-Acre Rye Fire in Santa Clarita Prompts Closure of 5 Freeway; LASD Station, Schools Without Power in Area

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi) in Castaic is closed as a result of the fire burning off Hasley Canyon Road.

The wind-fueled brush fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Rye Canyon Loop, near Highway 126, also known as Newhall Ranch Road, according to the fire department.

The fire was at 1,000 acres about 1:15 p.m.

The fire shut down northbound and southbound Interstate 5 near Highway 126 for several hours as smoke and embers made it hard for traffic to move through the area.

The Santa Ana winds that contributed to the rapid growth of the Rye Fire on Tuesday are expected to pick up again Wednesday afternoon and into Friday, with the potential for gusts to reach 60 miles per hour.

Evacuations ordered for Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road.

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City officials said workers had cleared about 46 trees that were toppled by strong winds.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that the 9-1-1 system is down at the Santa Clarita station because of a power outage.

The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated. An evacuation center has been established in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive).

The Rye Fire burns as the Creek Fire in Sylmar and Thomas Fire in Ventura County are wreaking havoc. The inferno has scorched more than 11,000 acres since it began, as it also jumped the nearby Interstate 210 freeway, forcing its closure. However, westbound lanes of State Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the 5 Freeway remained closed.

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