SANTA CLARITA >> Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the area around a rapidly a rapidly spreading brush fire Sunday afternoon that forced the closure of the 14 Freeway in both directions and is threatening nearby structures.
More than 200 Los Angeles County firefighters are battling the Placerita fire is burning along the southbound 14 Freeway at Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita and had grown to 100 acres by 2:15 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervising Fire Dispatcher Cheryl Sims.
The blaze quickly grew to more than 500 acres by 3 p.m., fed by tinder-dry brush and driven by winds amid triple-digit heat.
Sims added that structures are threatened, but gave no further information. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Disney Ranch, Tenderfoot Trail Road, Running Horse Road and Placerita Canyon areas according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:47 p.m. and Sims said the fire had “jumped the freeway” shortly after it began.
A traffic collision, Sims said, in the area spread to the nearby brush which started the fire.
California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said the collision started at 12:43 p.m. in the area of the 14 Freeway at Sierra Highway. Rubio said the CHP has shut down the freeway southbound at Golden Valley Road and northbound at Newhall Avenue.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Chuck Becerra of the Santa Clarita Station added the driver in the freeway accident sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report