Daily News, Los Angeles
A brush fire in Santa Clarita briefly chased some residents from their homes Monday, Aug. 3, and shut down the nearby 14 Freeway, officials said.
The fire exploded from around 10 acres to 130 acres in less than an hour, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Santa Clarita officials said residents between Dockweiler Drive and Newhall Avenue, in neighborhoods southeast of Valle Del Oro, were told to evacuate as the fire got out of control. But they later said the orders were rescinded.
The fire started on the east side of the 14 Freeway near Newhall Avenue at around 1:43 p.m. Fire officials said the wildfire was “running uphill” in an area of dry grass and shrubs.
Videos from the scene show a large plume of smoke.
Fire officials said they stopped the fire’s progress at around 4 p.m.
Still, all lanes of the northbound 14 freeway south of Newhall Avenue remained closed Monday as firefighters continued to mop up the area. The connectors from the 5 Freeway were also closed.
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