Rye Fire Prompts FEMA Assistance From Federal Officials #RyeFire

Rye Fire Prompts FEMA Assistance From Federal Officials #RyeFire

Rye Fire Prompts FEMA Assistance From Federal Officials #RyeFire

Map showing heat detected by a satellite on the Creek and Rye Fires in the Los Angeles Area. Hundreds of firefighters have responded to three massive fires threatening homes, structures and livestock.

The Golden State Freeway was temporarily closed in both directions near state Route 126, but the freeway reopened by mid-afternoon.

Power was interrupted to 2,090 customers in the Santa Clarita area, according to Southern California Edison.

It was first reported about 5 acres but quickly grew to 200 acres and the response was upgraded, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

State officials requested a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Rye Fire on Tuesday, which was approved at 3:45 p.m. the same day, according to FEMA officials.

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The Santa Ana winds that contributed to the rapid growth of the Rye Fire on Tuesday are expected to pick up again Wednesday afternoon and into Friday, with the potential for gusts to reach 60 miles per hour.

Evacuations were lifted for the Westridge area in Santa Clarita, city officials said in a Facebook post at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the sheriff's department, evacuations were ordered late this morning along Rye Canyon Loop and Kelly Johnson Parkway.

Evacuation centers were established at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive and College of the Canyons, 6455 Rockwell Canyon Road. It prompted California Governor Jerry Brown (D) to declare a state of emergency in Ventura County Tuesday. The inferno has scorched more than 11,000 acres since it began, as it also jumped the nearby Interstate 210 freeway, forcing its closure.

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