Part of 101 Freeway Reopens After Massive Wildfires Trigger Shutdown

A portion of the 101 Freeway that runs through the San Fernando Valley was reopened Sunday evening after being shut down due to massive wildfires.

All the freeway’s northbound lanes from Valley Circle Boulevard to Reyes Adobe Road have reopened, according to Caltrans officials. The southbound lanes along that same stretch of the freeway were also reopened later, officials announced just before 10:30 p.m.

But the freeway’s off-ramps from Valley Circle to Liberty Canyon Road — for both north and southbound lanes — will remain closed while the on-ramps are now open.

Caltrans officials did not give an estimated time for when the off-ramps would open back up.

A backup of vehicles along the highway in lanes near Valley Circle could be seen breaking up about 9:18 p.m., as seen in aerial footage of the freeway.

Officials said the partial reopening would help people who had been evacuated get back to their homes as some of those orders were lifted Sunday. Residents in some parts of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks were being let back in by evening.

Meanwhile, the northbound Pacific Coast Highway will remain closed at Sunset Boulevard and southbound PCH at Las Posas will remain closed, among other continuing closures announced in a tweet from Caltrans.