Fire grips Santa Clarita
Update: Monday, October 22, 2007 4:00am
BUCK WEED FIRE (Canyon Country)
12,500 Acres total consumed in SCV
25 Structures/Homes lost
400 L.A. CO. Fire Personnel Responding Buck Weed Fire burning on the East side of Santa Clarita in Canyon Country and in Agua Dulce. 600 to 700 by tomorrow.
500 to 800 people have been evacuated.
4 injuries reported: 3 civilian 1 firefighter.
The public is being asked to minimize travel on local roadways for the next few days to allow for emergency vehicle access.
Southern California Edison is reporting that 875 customers are without power
The AV Fair Grounds are housing animals from the evacuees for more information call (818) 367-8065
Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims State of Emergency in Southern California Counties Due to Wildfires
Governor Schwarzenegger last night proclaimed a State of Emergency in the counties of Los Angeles , Orange , Riverside , San Bernardino , San Diego , Santa Barbara , and Ventura due to more than eleven major wildfires. Throughout the region, more than 30,000 acres have already burned, and more areas are threatened. The wildfires have caused the loss of human life and serious injuries. They have burned a number of homes, businesses and other structures. Residents have been evacuated in dangerous areas.
The Governor's emergency proclamation allows the state Office of Emergency Services (OES) to deploy emergency personnel, equipment and facilities and provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.
Saugus High School
21900 West Centerion Way.
For transportation to Saugus High School call (661) 295-6396
Golden Valley High School
27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway.
Quartz Hill High School
6040 West Avenue 'L'
It is now required to evacuate all homes North of Vasquez on Bouquet Canyon Road & North of San Franciscito Canyon Road
Acole Equestrian Center - 27101 Sand Canyon Rd. 2-miles off of the Hwy 14 exit. (661) 755-6693
A separate fire has been burning in Castaic. The fire has been on a course for Piru. Now KHTS is receiving reports that the fire has encroached to Hasley Canyon Road.
Mandatory Evacuations have been in place for residences WEST of Hasley Canyon Road and Del Valle. Voluntary evacuations are recommended for areas East of Hasley Canyon and Del Valle. If you are in that area please take precautions and prepare your family.
For FEMA online information, visit http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/fire.shtm 
The Santa Clarita chapter of the American Red Cross is located at 23838 Valencia Blvd.
Stephanie Weiss, the host of Families In Action - heard Mondays at Noon offers these tips for your kids:
- Talk to your kids about how they are feeling.
- Remember, ask them what scares them the most.
- Listen to them and answer all questions.
- Remember, when the crisis and fear is gone for you, your kids may still be fearful.
Have a family plan and talk about fire safety:
- Upstairs and downstairs meeting places.
- Have a list of important phone numbers that each family member has.
- Make sure your family has an emergency meeting place outside your home.
SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR OCT. 22, 2007
William W. Hart School Districts (High School and Jr. High)
Congregation Beth Shalom
College of the Canyons (Both Campuses)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Santa Clarita Christian
Sunshine (North Valencia, Wiley Canyon, Fairoaks & Pinetree locations)
Pinecrest School (Canyon Country)
Rainbow Promise Pre-School & Kindergarten
Sulphur Springs Elementary School District
Santa Clarita Little People Day Care
Acton School District
Agua Dulce School District
Newhall School District
Castaic School District
Creative Years Preschool
Bouquet Canyon Road is now closed at Plum Canyon Rd. Sierra Highway is closed at Davenport. All traffic is being diverted back into Santa Clarita.
Bouquet Canyon road at David Way.
Sierra Hwy Closed from bridge at Soledad
Bouquet Canyon Rd. and Vasquez Canyon Rd.
Whites Canyon Road at Soledad.
Whites Canyon Road at Steinway.
In the Castaic area, the following closures are in effect:
Hwy 126 at Hasley Chiquito
Hasley Canyon at Commerce Center
Hasley Canyon at Gilmore
The Malibu Fire continues to put a total strain on Southland Firefighters.
KHTS will continue to keep you updated as conditions change.
An updated story for Monday is in place and you can read that by clicking here.