Sky Fire reaches 100 acres with 70% containment, Six Flags to reopen

Guests at Hurricane Harbor watch as clouds swarm the park as the Sky Fire grows nearby. Courtesy photo: Darcy Hoek

By Lorena Mejia & Jim Holt

Signal Staff Writers

Fire crews in Santa Clarita worked through the night into Monday morning to put out hot spots from the “Sky Fire,” which reached about 100 acres, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

By mid-afternoon Monday the fire that prompted the evacuation of Six Flags Magic Mountain a day earlier was reported to be pretty much extinguished.

“The fire is essentially out,” Capt. Tony Imbrenda of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said late Monday afternoon.

Incident commanders reported 90 percent containment of the fire at about the same time.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the fire scene throughout the night to reinforce containment lines.

Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Sky Fire, located near The Old Road and Skyview Lane, reached 70% containment, officials said.

At least nine people in proximity to the Sky Fire received medical attention due to smoke exposure, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters took advantage of the cooler temperatures, elevated relative humidity, and lower wind speeds to increase containment throughout the night.

First responders were initially notified at noon Sunday and arrived within minutes, according to Supervisor Melanie Flores of the Fire Department.

About an hour later, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor were ordered to evacuate, according to a tweet issued by the theme park.

Park goer Darcy Hoek was at Hurricane Harbor when she and several other guests saw plumes of smoke rising into the air.

“We were inside Hurricane Harbor when it broke out,” she said from the parking lot, leaving the park with hundreds of other park visitors. “The moment we needed to leave was when we started to see chunks of ashes falling around Hurricane Harbor.”

As she left the park, she saw an L.A. County Fire helicopter overhead, dropping water.

The park reopened Monday.

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Lorena Mejia

Lorena Mejia

Lorena was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended California State University Northridge where she double majored in Journalism and Chicano Studies and minored in Spanish Language Journalism. While at CSUN, she worked for the university's television and radio newscast. Through her journalistic work, she earned membership to Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society for selected journalists. Her passion for the community has introduced her to new people, ideas, and issues that have helped shape the person she is today. Lorena’s skills include using cameras as a tool to empower people by informing them and creating change in their communities. Some of her hobbies include reading the news, exploring the outdoors, and being an avid animal lover.