Fire Watch: South Fire

The South Fire

Newhall, Calif.


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Updated: 6/11/18 at 10:00 a.m. (final update)

The South Fire started June 9, 2018 at approximately 2:44 p.m. PST. The fire originated near Calgrove Boulevard and Interstate 5 in Newhall.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted as of 8:30 p.m. PST

June 11 – 6:45 p.m.

Containment has reached 95%. Over 200 fire personnel have been released from the incident.

June 11 – 10:00 a.m.

Containment has reached 85% and acreage is holding at 175. Crews continue to work to contain and mop up

June 9 –  6:35 p.m. 

The South Fire is still engulfing 160 acres, while still 35 percent contained, said Sims.

June 9 – 6:00 p.m.

The South Fire is now reported to be at 35 percent contained, according to Lt. Bauer.

June 9 – 5:23pm:

 Evacuation centers are located at the Physical Education Center at College of the Canyons and at the Hilton Garden Inn; large animals are to be brought to the Castaic Animal Shelter, both according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Twitter page.

June 9 – 5:19 p.m.: District seven of the California Department of Transportation tweeted that the number three and four lanes of the Northbound I-5 freeway are closed until 8:30 p.m. The South Fire remains at 160 acres and not contained.

June 9 – 5:08 p.m.

 The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department tweeted all streets south of Maple Street up to Wildwood Canyon Road are under mandatory evacuation.


June 9 – 5:03 p.m.

According to Lt. Leo Bauer of the SCV Sheriff’s Station, the South Fire is now moving east toward Newhall, south of Maple Street and alongside Wildwood Canyon Road.

June 9 – 4:43 p.m.

 The South Fire has now reached 160 acres, according to the LA County Fire Department’s Public Information Twitter account. It is still not contained.

June 9 – 4:27 p.m.

The South Fire has grown to 50 acres, according to LA County Fire Department dispatcher Cheryl Sims. The fire has not been contained.

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The terms VOLUNTARY and MANDATORY are used to describe evacuation orders. However,
local jurisdictions may use other terminology such as Precautionary and Immediate
Threat. These terms are used to alert you to the significance of the danger. All
evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for
your safety.

Prepare an Evacuation Checklist and Organize:

  • Critical medications.
  • Important personal papers, photos.
  • Essential valuables.
  • Pet and livestock transport, limited amount of pet food.
  • Change of clothing, toiletries.
  • Cell phone.
  • Critical papers and effects in a fire-proof safe.
  • An Evacuation Route Map with at least two routes.*
  • Drive your planned route of escape before an actual emergency.*
    *During an evacuation, law enforcement/ emergency personnel may determine your route.

Locate your Evacuation Checklist and place the items in your vehicle.

  • Park your vehicle facing outward and carry your car keys with you.
  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare farm animals for transport.
  • Place connected garden hoses and buckets full of water around the house.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Cover-up. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
  • Leave lights on in the house – door unlocked.
  • Leave windows closed – air conditioning off.
  1. Officials will determine the areas to be evacuated and the routes to use
    depending upon the fire’s location, behavior, winds, terrain, etc.
  2. Law enforcement agencies are typically responsible for enforcing an evacuation
    order. Follow their directions promptly.
  3. You will be advised of potential evacuations as early as possible. You must
    take the initiative to stay informed and aware. Listen to your radio/TV for
    announcements from law enforcement and emergency personnel.
  4. You may be directed to temporary assembly areas to await transfer to a safe

▪ Stay calm.
▪ Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
▪ Close all vehicle windows and vents.
▪ Cover yourself with wool blanket or jacket.
▪ Lie on vehicle floor.
▪ Use your cell phone to advise officials – Call 911.

  • Stay calm.
  • Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression if possible.
  • Lie face down, cover up.
  • Use your cell phone to advise officials – Call 911.
  • Stay calm, keep your family together.
  • Call 911 and inform authorities of your location.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
  • Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.
  • Stay inside your house.
  • Stay away from outside walls and windows.
  • Note – it will get hot in the house, but it is much hotter, and more dangerous outside.

If it is safe, check the following areas for fire:

  • The roof and house exterior.
  • Under decks and inside your attic.
  • Your yard for burning trees, woodpiles, etc.

Fire officials will determine when it is safe for you to return to your home. This will
be done as soon as possible considering safety and accessibility.

When you return home:

  • Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards.
  • Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on.
  • Check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires.

Fire Stations

Fire Station 73

24875 Railroad Avenue

Fire Station 76

27223 Henry Mayo Drive
Castaic Junction

Fire Station 81

8710 Sierra Highway Agua Dulce

Fire Station 107

18239 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country

Fire Station 108

28799 Rock Canyon Drive Saugus

Fire Station 111

26829 Seco Canyon Road Saugus

Fire Station 123

26321 Sand Canyon Road Canyon Country

Fire Station 124

26321 Sand Canyon Road Canyon Country

Fire Station 126

26320 Citrus Street Valencia

Fire Station 128

28450 Whites Canyon Road Canyon Country

Fire Station 132

29310 Sand Canyon Road Canyon Country

Fire Station 143

28580 Hasley Canyon Road Castaic Junction

Fire Station 149

31770 Ridge Route Road Castaic

Fire Station 150

19190 Golden Valley Road Canyon Country

Fire Station 156

24505 Copper Hill Drive Valencia

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Wildland is the heart of Santa Clarita, but it brings about danger when conditions are hot and dry. As As flames rage, our fire crews work hard to protect life and property. We’ll work hard to bring you the latest evacuation information, acreage and more.

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