A brush fire that burned more than 40 acres less than a mile east of Six Flags Magic Mountain was one of several fires that broke out as heat, strong winds and low humidities hit Southern California Sunday.
The National Weather Service urged residents to "be extra careful with ignition sources." Gusty 25 to 40 mph offshore winds, temperatures in the 90s, and humidities between 7 and 17% were expected in the mountains, valleys and deserts -- conditions that increase the likelihood of fast-moving fires.
Similar weather in Northern California's Yolo County fueled flames that ignited Saturday afternoon and exploded to 1,800 acres overnight, CalFire said.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. had shut off power in some parts of the area to prevent wildfires.
A brush fire in the area of The Old Road and Sky View Lane in Santa Clarita started around noon and caused panic in the nearby Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, where guests were told to evacuate then asked to remain in place.
Several videos posted online showed guests running towards the exit as smoke filled the park. Two people were seen hopping over a fence, while another post showed a group gathering at a gate as the caption read, “Security won’t let us out!"
Temperatures in the vicinity soared to around 93 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit as 10 to 15 mph northeast winds blew with gusts of up to 25 mph, the National Weather Service said. Relative humidity was at 10% at 1 p.m., forecasters said.
About 7 miles north, flames ignited in the 29000 block of Barringer Road at around 1:30 p.m., L.A. County Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Flores told KTLA.
Firefighters kept the flames contained to 2 acres before declaring the fire's forward progress had been stopped by 2 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said.
Hollywood Hills West
It took 55 firefighters just over an hour to knock down and prevent an uphill grass fire from damaging homes in the 2000 block of North Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the L.A. Fire Department said. The blaze broke out at around 12:30 p.m. Wind did not affect the flames, according to officials.
At around 9:30 a.m., a wind-driven vegetation fire scorched less than an acre along the northbound Interstate 15 in Fontana. The flames did not pose any threat to structures, and no injuries were reported, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service assisted in the incident.