On July 9th at approximately noon a wildfire was reported in the Santa Clarita area near Calgrove Boulevard and the Old Road. The fire reportedly grew up to 800 acres by 7:30 PM, causing an evacuation order to be given on 700 homes and a shutdown on a section of the Interstate 5 freeway in Stevenson Ranch. Over 1,200 firefighters and 4 helicopters were brought together in order to exterminate the fire.
Due to wind speeds of 25-30 miles per hour and the terrain, the firefighters faced challenges in taking care of the wildfire. However, thanks to the firefighters’ quick reactions and cooperation, the fire did not damage any structures or harm any residents in the area.
Two firefighters, however, sustained minor injuries from the fire. Residents were allowed to return home at 9:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 9. However, firefighters remained at the site overnight to continue the containment of the fire.
According to officials, the fire was twenty percent contained by Sunday morning and was fully contained by July 11. The cause of the wildfire is still unknown, but news outlets claim that a driver driving under the influence of alcohol had gone over an embankment, causing the fire. This, however, has not been confirmed yet.