The Tick fire continued raging out of control near Santa Clarita on Friday, burning at least six homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.
Here is what we know:
The fire was reported shortly before 1:45 p.m. Thursday along Tick Canyon Road. It quickly began moving downhill, parallel to the 14 Freeway and Sierra Highway into Mint Canyon, Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. Early Friday the fire jumped the 14 Freeway and began heading southwest toward the Sand Canyon community.
Homes south of the 14 Freeway, west of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, north of Placerita Canyon Road and both sides of Sand Canyon Road are under evacuation orders.
Officials warned that the fire was “outpacing the evacuation efforts.”
Evacuation centers have been established at the College of the Canyons in Valencia and West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita.
Residents with large animals and livestock were advised to head to Castaic Animal Care Center in Castaic and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster. Small animals can be sheltered at any of the seven L.A. County animal care centers.
- The 14 Freeway from Agua Dulce Canyon to Sand Canyon roads
- North Sand Canyon Road at the 14 Freeway
- Soledad Canyon Road from Whites Canyon Road
- East Plum Canyon Road from Bouquet Canyon Road
- East Bouquet from Copper Hill Drive
All schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District, Newhall School District and Saugus Union School District will be closed on Friday. The California Institute of the Arts will also be closed.
All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley are closed due to air-quality and safety concerns caused by fires in the region. Community, Roscomare, Topanga, Valley View, Wonderland, and Elementary Community Day School (Devonshire) are also closed.