Brush fire closes Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California

The park ordered visitors to evacuate, then the fire department asked them to remain in the park

Sky Fire Six Flags Magic Mountain
The Sky Fire at Six Flags Magic Mountain June 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Schwemmer. Click to enlarge.

A brush fire near Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday caused concern among the park’s guests as smoke blew into the facility. The park managers ordered an evacuation just after noon but not all of the guests got the message. But 50 minutes later firefighters closed the roads and asked everyone to remain in the park.

The size of the blaze, named Sky Fire, was variously reported by the media to be 40 and 100 acres.

The park planned to reopen Monday morning.

A roller coaster can be scary to some people at any time, but riding it while a brush fire appears to be threatening the amusement park takes it to another level.

The video below was captured by Robert Schwemmer, who also shot the photo at the top of this article. Thanks Robert!

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.