The Rye Fire broke out this morning in Santa Clarita, burning 5,000 acres by late afternoon. The fire closed Interstate 5 in both directions for a short period round mid-day.
While the fire has forced many residents to evacuate, the flames have not endangered the theme park, which has escaped damage from the flames. (Long lenses can condense elements in a photo, making the fire appear close to the park than it is.) Six Flags Magic Mountain was not scheduled to be open today and is not scheduled to be open until this weekend. The park's recently announced year-round daily operation does not begin until the start of the new year.
The Rye Fire is one of three blazes in the region today, along with the 50,000-acre Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the 11,000-acre Creek fire near Sylmar, north of Los Angeles.
If you are visiting the area, watch the #RyeFire, #CreekFire and #ThomasFire hashtags on Twitter for news, including evacuation areas. In general, if you follow orders to stay out of evacuation zones and are not downwind of the smoke, you'll be fine. You couldn't see any smoke or any other indication of the fires from other area theme parks today, for example.
And if you're a local, you know the drill by now. If you are told to get out, don't mess around. Do it. Here's hoping the winds stay calm and firefighters can knock these down ASAP.
Friday update: Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open this weekend for Holiday in the Park. There's no damage and no danger to the park.
In San Diego County, new wildfires there prompted Legoland California to close for the day.
#Update: LEGOLAND will be closed today out of consideration for our employees who are affected by the recent fires. SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open. The safety of our employees and guests is always our top priority.— LEGOLAND California (@LEGOLAND_CA) December 8, 2017
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