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Soledad Fire in Santa Clarita burns 800 acres, shuts down 14 Freeway, and prompts evacuations

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 22:09:57-04

A brush fire has scorched an estimated 800 acres in Santa Clarita and jumped the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Soledad Canyon Road, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported Sunday.

The 14 Freeway was closed in both directions, with northbound lanes closed at Soledad Canyon Road and southbound lanes closed at Agua Dulce Road, according to Caltrans District 7. The public was advised to use the 5 Freeway and the 138 Freeway as an alternate between the Antelope Valley and the San Fernando Valley.

Drivers heading south on the 14 Freeway said they had been stranded for hours.

The brush fire had a potential for 1,000 acres and a 3rd Alarm assignment had been requested, the LA County Fire Department said.

The fire was 0% contained as of 6:45 p.m. and approximately 300 personnel were on the scene battles the fire, according to the LA County FD.

Evacuations were being conducted for the so-called Soledad Fire, with the LA County Sheriff's Department advising anyone who lives near the 14 Freeway between Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Soledad Canyon Road to be prepared to evacuate.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.