The Tick Fire in Canyon Country in California grew to 200 acres in just 20 minutes and now it’s more than 3,000 acres in size, threatening structures as firefighters seek to control the blaze. Here are the latest updates and maps for the fire, along with live streams and more details. Remember to stay tuned to local news for the latest updates, as details like evacuations can change quickly.
Tick Fire Size, Maps & Evacuations
The map of the fire above is provided by the City of Santa Clarita’s emergency website and shows areas under evacuation orders. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map to see the relevant areas.
The Tick Fire is now 3,950 acres in size. It was estimated earlier to be 5,000 acres in size, but the size was decreased after another update. The good news is that forward progress has been slowed, according to the LA County Fire Department. It’s now 5 percent contained as of 8 p.m. on October 24.
According to Santa Clarita’s website: “Public safety officials urge residents to remain vigilant throughout the evening, as red flag winds will continue until 10 p.m. Friday night. Evacuation orders are still in effect.”
It just started in Agua Dulce in the afternoon of October 24 and has grown quickly. The fire has already destroyed six structures. It was first reported near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road around 1:45 p.m. It grew to 200 acres in just 20 minutes in Canyon Country.
LAFD noted that the fire is running downhill and threatening structures. Winds of up to 55 mph gusts were helping the fire grow so quickly.
The Tick Fire has just been added to Ca.gov’s fire map. You can see the fire shaded in yellow below. Next to it on the left is the older Saddle Ridge fire. CA.gov’s page for the fire is here. Since this is not a Cal Fire incident, Cal Fire won’t be the best source for tracking the fire. LA County Fire Department is a better source along with Santa Clarita’s Emergency Website.
It’s not clear how much damage is reported yet from the fire. Around 5:21 p.m., Santa Clarita Emergency noted that several structures were on fire in the branch of the Tick Fire that is in Castaic, but forward progress has been stopped.
The County of Los Angeles noted on Facebook that evacuations were ordered for homes west of the fire near the Sierra Highway to Soledad Canyon. CBS LA noted that the evacuations were also in place along 14 Freeway in Canyon Country from Soledad Canyon Road to Shadow Pines Blvd.
Kathryn Barger of Los Angeles County listed the following evacuations for both the Tick and Old Fires.
- South of Vasquez
- North & East of Plum Canyon
- North & East of Whites Canyon
- North & East of Soledad (where Whites meets it)
- North of 14
- West of Sequoia Road
- Davenport Road, East of Sierra Highway (all streets off Davenport)
- Sand Canyon South of 14
LA County Fire Department listed the following evacuations:
- All residents North of 14 FrwyE of Whites/Plum Canyon, South of Vasquez Canyon, W of Agua Dolce Also, South of 14 freeway, E of Sand Canyon, N of Placerita Canyon, and W of Robinson Ranch Golf Course.
- Also, South of 14 freeway, E of Sand Canyon, N of Placerita Canyon, and W of Robinson Ranch Golf Course.
The map at the top of this section shows areas under evacuation orders and it will be kept updated by Santa Clarita Emergency.
A photo of the evacuation area is below, provided by LA County Fire Department:
Evacuation shelters are set up at:
- College of the Canyons main campus in Valencia in the gym.
- Newhall Community Center (this is now closed and evacuees should go to the College of the Canyons)
- Large Animal & livestock shelter: Pierce College. (This is now closed, per LA County Fire Department.)
- Small Animal shelter: Castaic Animal Care Center.
Here is a video explaining the evacuation locations.
The Gentle Barn & Other Businesses Are Evacuating
The Gentle Barn reported on Twitter that they need help with evacuations.
If you want to help with their evacuations, they included the following details:
The Gentle Barn later updated that they are evacuating all their animals to safety now and will provide more updates once the animals are safe at their Healing Center.
Tick Fire Videos
The videos below were live streams and are now rewatchable videos.
Six structures have been destroyed.
This is one of many fires reported in California today.
The fire is about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles, 10 News noted.
A Second Fire Started in Canyon Country Called the Old Fire
A second fire started in Canyon Country in the afternoon of October 24 called the Old Fire.
The Old Fire is now being treated as a branch of the Tick Fire, according to city sources, so evacuations and updates are included in the sections above.
Tick Fire Updates
The Santa Clarita Emergency Website is providing updates here. You can also get updates by texting SCEMERGENCY to 888777.
The Tick and Old Fires are just some of the numerous fires reported in California today, as Red Flag conditions (high winds and dry land) have made conditions favorable for fires to start and quickly grow. Heavy’s story about the California fires here includes a map of the current Red Flag warnings in the state.
This is a developing story.