Tick Fire Evacuations: Thousands of Residents Forced to Flee Their Homes

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A flare-up Friday morning in the 4,000-acre Tick Fire has prompted authorities to place more Santa Clarita-area neighborhoods under mandatory evacuations.

The fire, which began Thursday in the Agua Dulce area, was just 5% contained.

Overnight winds allowed the fire to surge as flames jumped over the 14 Freeway in the Sand Canyon area of Santa Clarita.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has asked residents to evacuate the following areas:

  • South of the 14 Freeway, west of Agua Dulce
  • North of Placerita Canyon
  • Both sides of Sand Canyon Road

Evacuation centers have been set up at College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, and at West Ranch High School located at 26255 Valencia Blvd. in Santa Clarita.

However, both evacuation centers were at capacity as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

An estimated 40,000 people were under evacuation orders as of Friday morning, L.A. County Fire Department spokesperson Sky Cornell said.

Residents were asked to bring the following items:

  • Plastic (Your identification, Credit cards, or cash)
  • Prescriptions
  • Papers or any important documents you might have or need (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.)
  • People or Pets
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal computer of flash drives

Small animals can be taken to Castaic Animal Center at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic, or any Los Angeles County Animal Care Center.

Larger animals can be brought to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds located at 2551 W. Avenue H in Lancaster. Pierce College said it has resumed accepting large animals as of 11:40 a.m.

All other residents in the area were asked to be prepared to evacuate when asked. Officials warned that evacuees could be away from the residence for a prolonged period of time.

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