Rye Fire started off Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It is the third major brush fire that was reported. The Thomas Fire has engulfed over 155,000 acres, while Creek Fire has spread to over 15,000 acres.
Below is a map that shows all three fire locations.
According to CAL Fire, the Rye Fire has already engulfed over 6,000 acres. The Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop near Highway 126 to begin battling the blaze. The fire grew from 200 acres to over 500 acres in the matter of an hour, and spread to over 5,000 acres in a matter of 24 hours. As of December 10, there was 90 percent containment.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff released the following advisory on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia Travel Village RV park in the 27900 block of Henry Mayo Drive in Castaic was also being evacuated. Rancho Pico Junior High School, West Ranch High School and Oak Hills Elementary School, Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita, and the Westridge housing community have also been issued a mandatory evacuation, according to NBC Los Angeles.
It was also reported that Pitchess Detention Center was issued a mandatory evacuation.
Residents needing a place to go are asked to seek shelter at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive.
Making matters worse, the 9-1-1 system was reported down for a period of time on December 5 due to power outages caused by the fire.
“All residents in Santa Clarita are encouraged to stay indoors to avoid inhaling smoke and to stay off of the roads as much as possible to make room for emergency vehicles. At least 13,000 residents are still without power throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. No update is available for when power is expected to be restored,” Hometown Station reports.
There is still concern that the Rye Fire will reach Simi Valley if it continues to grow and spread over the next few hours. The valley, which is located about 30 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, is home to approximately 125,000 residents.
Billowing smoke can be seen for miles. Below are some photos posted by social media users.
These wildfires are intensifying due to the high winds in the area. The National Weather Service previously issued Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to a few counties in southern California, including Los Angeles County and Ventura County.
“The strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season will continue through at least Saturday. Damaging wind gusts of 45 to 65 mph will continue today across wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with slightly weaker winds tonight into Saturday. These Santa Ana winds combined with humidities in the teens and single digits, along with very dry fuels, will continue to bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions to much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. If fire ignitions occur, there is a high likelihood of very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior. Other potential impacts today include downed trees and power lines, blowing dust and debris, as well as power outages.”