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Several fires spark in Los Angeles area amid high winds

Posted: 3:11 PM, Oct 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-24 23:58:43-04
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(KGTV) — At least 50,000 people were ordered to evacuate as multiple fires burned north of Los Angeles Thursday amid dangerously dry and windy conditions.

The Tick Fire started about 2 p.m. in the Canyon Country area of Santa Clarita and spread east to Agua Dulce. Cal Fire reported about 8:30 p.m. the fire had spread to 3,950 acres. Several structures were lost.

As of 6:20 p.m., firefighters had slowed the fire's progress.

Mandatory Tick Fire evacuations are in effect for all residents north of 14 freeway, east of Whites/Plum Canyon, south of Vasquez Canyon, west of Agua Dolce. Also, south of 14 freeway, east of Sand Canyon, north of Placerita Canyon, and west of Robinson Ranch Golf Course.

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Evacuees were told to find shelter at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.

Shortly after the Tick Fire started, a brush fire erupted in Castaic.

Flames moved uphill from The Old Road and burned homes.

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The California Highway Patrol shut down northbound I-5 at Halsey Canyon and advised drivers to use the westbound SR 126 to the 101 Freeway as an alternate.

About 4:00 p.m., a brush fire broke out in LA's Sepulveda Basin at Woodley Ave, northwest of the 405/101 junction. The fire burned 30 acres and was 20% contained by 6:20 p.m.

There was no immediate threat to structures from the Basin Fire, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Homeless people living in the area were evacuated south. Residents of Sherman Oaks and Encino were warned to gather belongings should they need to evacuate.

The causes of the three significant fires were not immediately determined.

10News is monitoring breaking developments.