North Fire: All evacuation orders lifted as 640-acre brush fire reaches 25% containment in Castaic

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Update: The size of the North Fire was downgraded to 640 acres following a mapping flight around the fire’s perimeter, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted Thursday morning.

Original story: All evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night as crews battled a 650-acre brush fire in Castaic.

The blaze, dubbed North Fire, sparked just after 1:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of The Old Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

As of 10 p.m., forward progress of the flames had stopped with 25% containment, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said.

A mandatory evacuation order was previously in place for residents in the following locations, according to L.A. County sheriff’s officials:

  • North and west of West Hills Drive
  • North and west of Tesoro Del Valle Drive
  • North of Iron Village Drive
  • North of Copper Hill Drive

The latest evacuation information will be posted at

Residents who evacuated and needed assistance finding lodging were told to contact the Red Cross, and Castaic Animal Shelter was taking all animals that were being evacuated.

West Hills Drive was also closed between Copper Hill and Iron Village drives until further notice.

Evacuation warnings had earlier been issued for the areas of Rye Canyon Loop, Sterling Court and Iron Village Drive.

There were at least 120 firefighters at the scene, working to put the flames out.

No injuries have been reported.

The city of Santa Clarita asked residents to avoid the area.

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