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WEDS June 28, Noon – The latest update from the L.A. County Fire Department puts the Placerita Fire at 760 acres, and it’s 95 percent contained.
MON Noon – Officials report the Placerita Fire is now 57 percent contained, still at 870 acres. “We’ve got a handle on it,” said Chris Reade, a member of the incident management team. “We’re just making sure that what’s out is out.”
MON 8:49AM – Placerita Canyon Road is still closed from Sand Canyon Road to Running Horse Road. Sheriff’s deputies say use an alternate route.
SUN 9:15PM – The Placerita Fire has burned 870 acres and is 50 percent contained, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for homes in the area of Running Horse and Tenderfoot Trail. Placerita Canyon Road, east of the 14 freeway is temporarily closed. Residents will be allowed back into the area at 10 P.M. Sunday night.
SUN 8:20PM – “It was a great effort from Unified Command and outside resources,” Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Vince Pena said in a statement Sunday night. “We were able to address the fast-moving structure threat, and flames that were moving from the county, to state, to federal land. We are really happy with the coordinated effort, and were able to knock down something which could have been a three-day fire, in about three hours.”
Sunday’s fire “is a harsh reminder of the danger of wildfires in our City,” Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth said Sunday night. “I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the LA County Fire Department, Angeles National Forest, LA County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and everyone else who assisted in today’s firefight. Our fire crews braved the temperatures which peaked at 106 degrees today to stop the flames from reaching homes.  Let the Placerita Fire be a warning to all of us to use caution during this fire season, especially with the July 4th holiday just around the corner.”
SUN 5:40PM – Apparently, no active flames at the moment … Preparing to release evacuations in Running Horse area & reopen Placerita Cyn Rd around 10PM-11PM … Placerita closed from Sierra Hwy to Sand Cyn until then
SUN 5:14PM – 14 Freeway is OPEN in both directions *BUT* ramps are closed from Newhall to Sand Cyn … Livestock evacs go to AV Fairgrounds (new location), located at  2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster
 
SUN 5:03PM – Voluntary evacuations: Lost Cyn Rd., Via Princessa, Cardinal Dr., Winter Pine Way, Ravenglen Rd., Pineview Rd., Cambria Sts Ln., Placerita Cyn Rd.
 
SUN 4:28PM – Update on damage at Disney Golden Oak Ranch: 2 cabins lost, 1 cabin damaged (minor), 1 bridge leading to cabins damaged
 
SUN 4:12PM – 850 acres, zero containment
 
SUN 4:10PM – SOUTH 14: 3 left lanes open, slow lane for Fire only … staging moved to The Master’s University
 
SUN 4:07PM – Approx 100 voluntary evacuations .. trying to get 1 or 2 freeway lanes open (but not open yet)
 
SUN 3:37PM – “So far, so good” on holding fire to north side of Placerita Cyn Rd, except for small spot
 
SUN 3:25pm – Hard closure, Golden Vly Rd & Green Mtn Drive (west of Fwy in Santa Clarita)
 
SUN 3:10PM – 14 Freeway closed until further notice, Sand Cyn to Newhall Ave.
 
SUN 3:00PM – Temperature 108, wind 21 mph
 
SUN 2:59PM – 750 acres, zero containment. Staging at Disney Ranch; command post at Sierra & Placerita; scooping water from Valencia golf course & loading retardant at Fox Field
 
SUN 2:53PM – Hard closure of Placerita between Sand & 14 … Disney movie ranch: 1 house lost, 1 house damaged, & 1 bridge damaged
 
SUN 2:40PM – Northbound 14: Motorists driving dangerously & illegally on shoulder; multiple wrong-way drivers reported
 
SUN 2:33PM – Finger of fire heading to Placerita Nature Center, sending 2 engines, total 500 acres so far, zero containment
 
SUN 2:25PM – Fixed-wing & other aircraft doing drops
 
SUN 2:16PM – North side: Fire heading to Golden Valley shopping center (Target, etc.) … South side: Trying to stop fire from crossing to south side of Placerita
 
SUN 2:03PM: House burning at Disney movie ranch
 
SUN 1:57PM – Firefighters are actively protecting homes on Running Horse Road
 
SUN 1:50PM – 300 acres, expected to meet Sand Fire burn area near Placerita Nature Center
 
SUN 1:39PM – Placerita fire: 100 acres, homes threatened, 10 mins from impact in Running Horse area
 
SUN 1:35PM – Placerita Fire – Mountain Pass Rd: 15-20 structures threatened, preparing to evacuate area
 
SUN 1:20PM – Brush Fire, Placerita IC, Santa Clarita Valley, LACoFD, Covering the comm plan … threatening Disney Ranch
 
SUN 12:45PM – Overturned vehicle on 14 Fwy, sparks brush

(Original story) – 

Firefighters are battling a fast-moving blaze in Placerita Canyon on both sides of the 14 Freeway.

The fire was sparked by a car crash on the southbound 14 Freeway that was reported at 12:45 p.m. The vehicle overturned and burned the nearby grass.

The fire had spread to 100 acres by 1:40 p.m. and 300 acres by 1:50 p.m.

Homes are threatened in the Mountain Pass Road area on the northwest and Running Road Road on the southeast. The Disney Golden Oak Ranch is also threatened.

The 14 Freeway was closed between Newhall Avenue and Sand Canyon Road. Placerita Canyon Road remains closed between the  14 Freeway and Sand Canyon Road. A hard closure is in place at Golden Valley Road and Green Mountain Drive (west of the freeway in Santa Clarita).

The fire is expected to run into the Sand Fire burn area at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

Photo: L.A. County Fire Dept.

Photo: L.A. County Fire Dept.

Newhall CHP

Fire Station 150 (Golden Valley) covered in Phos-Chek

Photo by Jason Lubas

Photo by Jason Lubas | Golden Valley near Shell station & McDonalds

Photo by Jason Lubas | East side of 14 Freeway

Photo by Jason Lubas | Southwest of Golden Valley Road

Greg Doyle for LACoFD: LA City Fire takes off as LA County Fire takes on water

Photo: Nidy Mejia

 

Photo: Nidy Mejia

 

Photos by Rick McClure



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19 Comments

  1. Praying to keep all homes and firefighters safe

  2. Please keep your drones grounded! If you see your neighbors flying anything towards the fire they need to land it so we can keep the air support

  3. stay safe my friends who live in that area

  4. Bev Wright Bev Wright says:

    Louise Cooke I guess some Disney lost

  5. so what happened to the person that had the accident that started this fire

  6. Oh, not the Disney Ranch!!!

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