Rye Fire burns 500 acres in Santa Clarita area; 5 Fwy closed

A firefighter confronts the Rye Incident Fire at Newhall Ranch Road on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave The Signal

A firefighter confronts the Rye Incident Fire at Newhall Ranch Road on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave The Signal

State officials requested a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Rye Fire on Tuesday, which was approved at 3:45 p.m. the same day, according to FEMA officials. The fast moving, active brush fire that started north of Santa Paula near Highway 150, has burned into the city limits of Ventura and toward Highway 33.

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.

Hundreds of firefighters, including air units, worked to control the fire amid gusting Santa Ana winds.

Evacuation orders were given for residents along Rye Canyon Loop and residents in the Westridge community. Dubbed the Rye Fire, the blaze began about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop.

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The Rye Fire burns in the Santa Clarita area on December 5, 2017.

City officials said workers had cleared about 46 trees that were toppled by strong winds. Newhall Ranch Road westbound between Rye Canyon Road and Interstate 5 has reopened, but the eastbound side of the road is still closed. Students at West Ranch High School, Rancho Pico Junior High and Oak Hills Elementary are being evacuated to College of the Canyons (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road).

Evacuations were ordered along Rye Canyon Loop. Valencia High School and Santa Clarita Activities Center are being used at as evacuation center.

The Creek Fire in Sylmar and Thomas Fire in Ventura County have also been blazing out of control for much of Tuesday, prompting California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

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