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New Concern About Potential For Brushfire In Los Angeles County To Spread Into Ventura County

LA County Fire Air Ops
Several LA County Fire helicopters assist with the #RyeFire near Santa Clarita

There’s a new threat posed by another one of the brush fires in the region, with concern it may move from Los Angeles to Ventura County.

A fast-moving brush blaze called the Rye Canyon Fire erupted in Santa Clarita Tuesday morning, shutting down both directions of the 5 Freeway in the area.

It's estimated to be around 5000 acres.

The fire was burning north of Newhall Ranch Road and east of the 5 Freeway. Both directions of the 5 Freeway were shut down at Highway 126 due to the expanding blaze. The freeway reopened Tuesday afternoon.

Simi Valley Police say the concern is that wind may push the blaze into the northern part of Simi Valley Tuesday. Police are alerting people now that should the blaze move into the city, residents will be ordered to evacuate, and not to try to shelter in place.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.