Evacuations ordered, schools closedSeveral areas in Santa Clarita were under mandatory evacuation orders, according to sheriff’s and fire officials: • South of Vasquez Canyon Road • North and east of Plum Canyon Road • North and east of Whites Canyon Road • North and east of Soledad Canyon Road • West of Agua Dulce • South and north of the 14 Freeway • East of Sand Canyon Road • North of Placerita Canyon • West of Robinson Ranch Golf Course • West of Sequoia Road • Davenport Road east of Sierra Highway, including all streets off Davenport Road The 14 Freeway northbound and southbound offramps at Soledad Canyon Road were be closed indefinitely, according to the CHP. Osby urged those living near the fire to be on the alert and “stay vigilant,” even if they’re not currently under evacuation orders. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said 130 deputies were patrolling the evacuated neighborhoods to help keep them secure. By 9 p.m., fire and Sheriff’s Department officials said they were working to identify areas that can be repopulated Thursday night.
Sheriff’s officials said they were considering a “large evacuation footprint” due to sustaining wind and fire activity. Shelters were set up at a College of the Canyons Valencia campus gym in Santa Clarita at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, and the Newhall Community Center at 22421 Market St. A different address for the College of the Canyons gym was initially tweeted by the Sheriff’s Department. The address was later updated. Large animals and livestock were taken to Pierce College in Woodland Hills, 6201 Winnetka Ave., but it was closed by 9 p.m., according to LAFD. Small animals could be taken to the Castaic Animal Care Center at 31044 North Charlie Canyon Road. Santa Clarita officials asked people not to evacuate to Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road, which was being used as a basecamp for fire crews. Classes were canceled for Friday at all schools in the following districts:
SIGALERT IN SANTA CLARITA: SOLEDAD CYN OFFRAMPS FROM S/B AND N/B SR-14 WILL BE CLOSED FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION DUE TO BRUSH FIRES IN THE AREA— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) October 24, 2019
- William S. Hart Union High School District
- Saugus Union School District
- Castaic Union School District
- Los Angeles Unified School Districts schools within the San Fernando Valley
- Fillmore Unified School District
- Mupu School District
Critical fire weather conditionsThe fast-moving fire came amid widespread red flag warnings with strong Santa Ana winds fanning Southern California. Coupled with high temperatures and low humidity, fire danger in northern L.A. County was considered extreme — and more extreme than during the Saddleridge Fire that destroyed homes earlier this month in the northern San Fernando Valley. Gusts of 45-55 mph were expected to continue in the Tick Fire area through Friday morning, the National Weather Service said. Osby said winds were expected to get stronger Thursday night, and extreme fire behavior and rapid spread would continue through Friday. “Our weather projections are that the winds will sustain where they are tonight and even get worse, so we’re going to have our firefighters out all night trying to do what they can to protect structures and place emphasis on containing this fire,” he said. Agua Dulce was among several areas where Southern California Edison had shut off power as of 12:45 p.m. in an attempt to prevent downed power lines from sparking fires. Smoke from Thursdays fires was spreading as far as Ventura County. NWS meteorologist Keily Delerme told the Los Angeles Times that hot temperatures were contributing to the massive amount of smoke. “That’s why the plume looks so impressive, because it’s very warm near the fire,” Delerme said.
VIDEO: @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopters fighting wildfire on three fronts. Working to protect lives and property earlier in Santa Clarita, CA. #TickFire @LACoFDPIO (media ok to use with credit) pic.twitter.com/XZEOlS3ZxL— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) October 25, 2019
Central Park is being used as a base camp for fire crews responding to the #TickFire. Please avoid the area. There are reports of people evacuating there with their pets. Please go to one of the other parks in the City that is not under evacuation.— Santa Clarita City (@santaclarita) October 25, 2019