A brush fire that quickly expanded to 40 acres next to Six Flags Magic Mountain forced the early closure of the park today.
The Sky Fire began around noon today near the intersection of The Old Road and Sky View Lane, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department reports. It quickly filled the park with smoke, prompting Six Flags officials to begin closing rides and locations within the park.
However, just as visitors started trying to leave Magic Mountain, firefighters closed access roads to the park, forcing park visitors and employees to shelter in place at the park.
Firefighters soon got partial containment of the fire, allowing people to leave after about an hour. The park closed officially at 4pm, but Six Flags has announced that the park will reopen as scheduled tomorrow morning.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in the Santa Clarita Valley north of the Los Angeles basin. The area is not as densely developed as those around most other Southern California theme parks, meaning that there's more brush-covered open space nearby to put the area at risk for the fires that frequently strike the region in the summer and fall.Tweet
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