Buckweed Fire Now 80% Contained
Updated Tuesday, October 23th at 11:55pm
Full coverage of the Santa Clarita Wildfires
- According to the Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday night was a quite one here in Santa Clarita. That is certainly good news, as emergency activity following multiple fires in the previous three nights has been busy.
- Buckweed Fire now 80% contained.
- Magic Fire expected to be fully contained soon.
- Ranch fire continues on.
Here is the latest status of the three fires that have ravaged Santa Clarita since Saturday night.
Buckweed Fire (Canyon Country)
Acreage burned: 37,812
15 homes destroyed,
17 outbuildings destroyed
1200 personnel on the scene
Cause is still unknown
Ranch Fire (Castaic)
Acres burned: 47,240
3 homes, 4 outbuildings destroyed
Cause is still unknown.
This fire is still on the move and could pose a threat for communities in Santa Clarita and beyond.
Tresoro is under “Shelter in place” mode, which means be ready to evacuate.
Piru - Recommended Evacuations
East Filmore – Recommended Evacuation
Oak Canyon, Sloan Beringer
Canyon – Voluntary Evacuations
Val Verde – Closed to through traffic except for residents with valid ID
Acreage burned: 1,750
93 % Containment with full containment expected soon.
According to the LA County Fire Department, the cause of this fire appears to have been construction workers welding in the area.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spent Tuesday touring southern California sites ravaged by the fires. Santa Clarita was one of those locations, as the governor joined most of our elected officials at a press conference Tuesday night. The SCV, among other cities is getting state and federal assistance, now that a state of emergency has been declared at the local, state and federal levels. Schwarzenegger thanked volunteers and firefighters who have worked for days on end, and he said he was fully briefed by all the chiefs.
LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich was also on hand at the press conference, where he spoke about working at the county level to help those who lost their homes. He said he’d be writing a letter to financial institutions to ask for some leeway in mortgage payments, and discussions are also taking place with the tax assessor to try and adjust property values for those who no longer have a home.
To read yesterday's article, click here.
A new fire started Tuesday morning at San Fernando Road and Meadow ridge. This fire broke out around 4:00am, and burned 12 acres. The fire has been put out.
On Monday, there was a 15 acre fire at about 11:30pm, very near Sand Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Flames ripped through at least two mobile homes and spewed embers hundreds of feet. The 14 freeway was closed for some time while firefighters battled the blaze. You can read about this fire by clicking here.
A few fires still burn in and around Santa Clarita. The Ranch Fire in Castaic and the Buckweed Fire in Canyon Country were sparked on Sunday, but a new set of flames started near Magic Mountain on Monday afternoon. That fire should be out soon.
The Ranch Fire in Castaic has burned 47,240 acres and is still threatening homes, and KHTS has been told that fire crews are planning to make a stand against it at Romero Canyon.
The City of Santa Clarita spent Tuesday picking up the pieces and keeping a close eye out for fires. With all evacuations lifted and most roads open, the City will be working hard to clean up the town after these two days of emergency.
A temporary bridge is being brought in to Bouquet Canyon Road and Vasquez. The bridge that usually allows for through traffic was burned down in the fire.
The City has developed a web page with insurance information. If you are a victim of these fires, click here to be directed to the City's site.
Also, you can visit FEMA's website by clicking here .
You can read all the news from monday's fire activities by clicking here.
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