The fast moving brush fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported around 4:00 a.m. local time.
A wind-fueled brush fire scorched at least 5,000 acres with 5 percent containment in the Santa Clarita area Tuesday, prompting evacuations of schools and 1,300 homes. Students at West Ranch High School, Rancho Pico Junior High and Oak Hills Elementary are being bussed to College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, according to the city.
Officials of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department said large animal sheltering was available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, at 2551 W. Avenue H. 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.
All classes starting at 5 p.m. or later at both campuses of College of the Canyons were canceled.
More than 700 firefighters are battling the flames. No injuries were immediately reported.
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Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi) in Castaic is closed as a result of the fire burning off Hasley Canyon Road.
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.
"Traffic is jammed in the area", the city said.
Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.
The Federal Management Agency has allowed the Fire Management Assistance Grants to aid in the management of the Creek and Rye fires. "If you are impacted by this fire and asked to evacuate, I urge you to please comply for your safety and the safety of our first responders".