Calgrove fire snarls traffic in Santa Clarita

A brush fire in Santa Clarita is creating traffic headaches during the rush-hour commute. The 5 Freeway was briefly shut down as firefighters battled the 200-acre blaze.

What we know so far:

  • 200 acres burned, 25% contained
  • 450 firefighters are working blaze
  • One firefighter with a minor burn injury was taken to a hospital
  • Two lanes have reopened on northbound 5 at Gavin Canyon. All lanes have reopened on the southbound 5.

Galloping to safety

Ash blankets Santa Clarita Valley

Fire doubles to 200 acres

More than 450 firefighters are battling the now 200-acre blaze, which remains 20% contained.

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Sending out a prayer in traffic

View from the 14

Buses in Santa Clarita running, but delayed

Bird's eye view

Traffic backup

A screenshot that Waze posted on Instagram showed heavy traffic on the 5 Freeway near Granada Hills into Santa Clarita.

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View from a neighborhood

Caltrans tells drivers to consider taking SR-14

Unhealthy air quality

The plume of smoke extending from the fire prompted the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a smoke advisory warning of unhealthful air conditions.