The Los Angeles Fire Department is fighting a 1,300-acre fire in Santa Clarita that began Sunday afternoon. As of 9 a.m. today, officials say the “Soledad Fire” is 30 percent contained.
They’re working some very tough terrain, they have some steep drainages and it brings a lot of hazards,” LAFD Chief Deputy David R. Richardson said in a press conference Monday about the Santa Clarita fire. “Crews worked throughout the night to bring it to that 30 percent containment.”
LAFD added that warm weather and 20 to 30 m.p.h. winds pushed the fire and added to its unpredictability. Caltrans has closed parts of State Route 14.
#SoledadFire: Two lanes of NB SR-14 remain CLOSED AT Soledad Canyon Rd. All lanes of SB SR-14 are OPEN. Please SLOW DOWN if driving through the area for first responders and highway workers. pic.twitter.com/VhgtvJjCZ5
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) July 6, 2020
There are 4,795 structures in danger as of 7 a.m., and evacuations have been made with a temporary shelter at a Palmdale Victory Outreach parking lot. Between 200 to 300 people have been evacuated and asked to stay in their cars at the shelter site, according to Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.