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Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening after brush fire erupts near Southern California theme park

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 09:22:24-04

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (CNS) - Firefighters in Santa Clarita worked through the night to put out hot spots left over from a two-alarm brush fire that forced the closure of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor and charred about 40 acres, authorities said.

"They're mopping up," Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Imy McBride said.

Firefighters reported the fire area was only 50 percent contained Sunday night.

Firefighters were dispatched at about noon to The Old Road and Stevenson Ranch Parkway, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher.

Six Flags Magic Mountain announced on its website that it would reopen at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The park and adjacent Hurricane Harbor were evacuated due to the brush fire, with park officials saying "the safety and well being of our guests and team members is our top priority."

A little after 1:15 p.m., the park reported that the fire department has asked that "all guests to remain at the park. The exit roads were temporarily closed. We will advise whey they are open."

Videos posted on social media showed people shuffling out of Hurricane Harbor as smoke filled the air around the park.

The city of Santa Clarita tweeted that no structures were threatened, but traffic was slow in both directions of the 5 Freeway and the Magic Mountain Parkway exit was closed.

As many as nine people were treated for smoke or heat-related issues, ABC7 said.

Sunday's high temperature in Santa Clarita was 98 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.