Rye Fire is located off Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It is the third major brush fire to be reported over the past 24 hours. The Thomas Fire has engulfed over 45,000 acres, while Creek Fire has spread to over 11,000 acres.
According to CAL Fire, the Rye Fire has already engulfed over 500 acres and has been steadily moving west southwest. The Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop near Highway 126 just after 9:30 a.m. local time. The fire grew from 200 acres to over 500 acres in the matter of an hour. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Joey Marron said that there was zero containment as of 10:55 a.m. Pacific time.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff released the following advisory about an hour ago.
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. Residents that live in Rancho Pico, West Ranch, and Oak Hills have been asked to evacuate. Residents needing a place to go are asked to seek shelter at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive.
“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.
The current concern is that 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.
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.
“A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.”