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
More than 450 firefighters are battling the now 200-acre blaze, which remains 20% contained.
Sending out a prayer in traffic
View from the 14
Buses in Santa Clarita running, but delayed
Bird's eye view
A screenshot that Waze posted on Instagram showed heavy traffic on the 5 Freeway near Granada Hills into Santa Clarita.
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.