A fire that originated somewhere near Placerita Canyon Road and Highway 14, southeast of Santa Clarita, California, has consumed 760 acres; three Disney production sets were destroyed by the blaze. Investigations are still underway for the fire’s initial cause.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department received their first report at around 1 pm Sunday. Within 20 minutes from that call, the affected area was estimated at about 3 acres. By 1:39 pm, the fire was expected to be an hour away from Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch.
Captain Ron Haralson of L.A. County Fire recalled, ““It did jump the freeway, burning towards Disney Ranch.”
By 2 pm, the Disney Ranch had already suffered the loss of one structure, the fire having consumed 300 acres by this point. Just after 3 pm, 230 firefighters were deployed to fight the now 500 acre inferno. Although estimates varied during the suppression attempt, the total affected area is currently thought to be 760 acres.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for some homes in the area, and voluntary evacuations were advised for others, with an evacuation center set up at Golden Valley High School by 3:31 pm. Northbound lanes of Highway 14 were closed until 5:30 pm, with southbound lanes closed even longer.
Firefighters from three different groups cooperated to halt the burning onslaught: L.A. County Fire Department, L.A. City Fire Department and Angeles National Forest firefighters.
As of right now, only four minor injuries have been reported.
Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch suffered minor damaged from what could have been a catastrophic situation. Disney Spokesman David J. Jefferson commented on the losses. “We lost three small production set buildings that were located in the woods,” Jefferson said, “The vast majority of our production area was untouched and the Ranch remains fully open.”
Source: The Signal (Santa Clarita Valley)
Images: Katharine Lotze/The Signal