Brush Fire Threatens Santa Clarita Homes, Evacuations Issued

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The fire was first reported Thursday near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road, where it has spread to more than a thousand acres.

A new brush fire on Thursday has threatened homes in Santa Clarita Valley, growing to more than a thousand acres and resulting in evacuations. 

Referred to as the Tick Fire, the blaze was first reported before 1:45 p.m. near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road, where it initially grew to more than 850 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Over 228 fire personnel are on scene battling the fire, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

Multiple structures were burning by about 3:40 p.m., the L.A. County Fire Department reported in an alert. As of 4:40 p.m., the L.A. County Fire Department reported the blaze was continuing to spread. Later in the evening, L.A. County Fire Department announced that the fire was 5 percent contained. 

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered from Soledad Canyon Road to Shadow Pines Boulevard along the 14 Freeway. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Though an exact cause was not stated, the fire arrives amid dry, windy conditions across California.

Earlier this week, another brush fire threatened the multimillion-dollar homes on a Pacific Palisades hillside. Firefighters continue to work on containment, citing the Santa Ana winds as a potential source of new problems. 

Oct. 24, 9:43 p.m. Updated with news that fire is five percent contained.