Fire in Santa Clarita burns 350 acres; evacuation orders lifted – Los Angeles Times

A fast-moving brush fire in Santa Clarita continued to grow Wednesday night, scorching 350 acres as firefighters fought to keep flames from destroying hundreds of homes.

The fire started about 1:10 p.m. off the 5 Freeway near Calgrove Boulevard and briefly prompted road closures, snarling traffic. All southbound lanes and two northbound lanes of the interstate reopened Wednesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Calgrove fire, which is 45% contained, got close to some homes and damaged one garage, said Deputy Chief John Tripp of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Firefighters were able to douse the flames and stop the fire from spreading to the homes.

Five fire investigators were creating a grid along the 5 Freeway, Tripp said, in hopes of determining how the fire started.

About 1,000 people and 500 homes in Santa Clarita and Newhall were, said Cmdr. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The emergency animal evacuation center at Hart Park was caring for 30 horses. Evacuation orders were lifted by 10 p.m.

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