Santa Clarita Fire Scorches 5000 Acres; Downs 911 System

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The Rye Fire started about 9:55 a.m.in the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

In response to the devastating Creek and Rye fires that have burned over 11,000 acres, impacting the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated county areas, a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl was unanimously approved to ratify the proclamation of a local emergency which will be forwarded to the Governor's office to access state and federal assistance.

As of 3:20 p.m., the Rye Fire has grown to 5,000 acres with 5 percent containment. The Los Angeles Fire Department has also sent multiple resources toassist with the fire, says a department official.

Medium to light brush was burning and no structures have been threatened.

Rancho Pico Junior High School, West Ranch High School and Oak Hills Elementary School.

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The Rye Canyon Loop, West Ranch and Travel Village areas have been evacuated.

Five schools in the area are without power but have not been evacuated, according to the Santa Clarita city officials. All of the westbound off-ramps from the 2 Freeway to the 5 Freeway remain closed, and four eastbound off-ramps were also closed: Osborn, Wheatland, Sunland and La Tuna Canyon, CHP said. Due to the outages, and some 9-1-1 calls to the sheriff's Santa Clarita station were being re-routed, the sheriff's department reported. An evacuation center was established at Valencia High School.

Wildfires in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have charred thousand of acres and closed major freeways.

In Ventura County the Thomas Fire fire has destroyed homes and forced the evcuation of 27,000 people.

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