Huge Brush Fire Prompts Numerous Freeway and Road Closures

GRANADA HILLS (CNS) - The massive fire burning in Granada Hills, Porter Ranch and Sylmar has prompted several freeway closures in the area this morning.

All lanes of the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Granada Hills were closed about 2:20 a.m. for an unknown duration and all traffic was diverted off the San Diego Freeway to the east- and westbound Ronald Reagan Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

The flames also prompted the closure of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway just south of the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar and the southbound Golden State Freeway at Calgrove Boulevard in Santa Clarita just after midnight. Both directions of the Foothill Freeway from the Golden State Freeway to the Ronald Reagan Freeway and the northbound Golden State Freeway's truck route in Sylmar were closed due to the fire for an unknown duration, the CHP said.

In Santa Clarita, the following closures were in effect this morning:

-- the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Newhall Avenue;

-- Sierra Highway at Newhall Avenue;

-- The Old Road at Calgrove Boulevard.

Santa Clarita city officials said people who need to get to Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley will need to take State Route 126 to the Ventura (101) Freeway in Ventura and return to the Los Angeles area.

Santa Clarita Transit announced about 3:30 a.m. it was unable to operate because of the fire and associated freeway closures.

“We are monitoring the situation and will update as necessary if closures change,” according to the city of Santa Clarita.

All personnel from Los Angeles Fire and Police departments who live in the Santa Clarita or Antelope valleys reporting for work this morning were asked to meet at the Chili's parking lot at McBean Parkway and The Old Road in Santa Clarita, where they will be escorted through the Newhall Pass, according to LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado.

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