A 30-acre blaze in Castaic on Thursday forced the evacuation of North Lake Hills Elementary School
Many schools in the Santa Clarita Valley sit near or on top of hills - a vulnerable location during the summer fire season. A 30-acre blaze in Castaic on Thursday forced the evacuation of North Lake Hills Elementary School, which was occupied by 25 day camp students and staff. No one from the Castaic Union School District could be reached for comment Friday. While closures and evacuations do not take place on a regular basis, they can occur, said Marc Winger, superintendent of the Newhall School District.
Two years ago, several district schools had to be evacuated when flames from a brush fire came dangerously close to some locations, including Pico Canyon and Stevenson Ranch elementary schools. He said that during the blaze - in which about 5,000 Stevenson Ranch homes were evacuated - the schools had to shut down early and keep the doors closed until the following day. "On a fire drill, students are going out of a building, but in this case, they're going inside," Winger said of how teachers and students deal with the threat of brush fires.