Tick Fire crosses the 14 freeway forcing more evacuations

Map Tick Fire 9 p.m. PDT October 24, 2019.
Map of the Tick Fire at 9 p.m. PDT October 24, 2019 before it burned across the 14 freeway. LA County FD.

UPDATED at 9:23 a.m. PDT Oct. 25, 2019

The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported at 7 a.m. PDT Oct. 25 that the Tick Fire at Santa Clarita had burned approximately 4,300 acres including the portion that spread to the south across the 14 freeway overnight, forcing the closure of the road.

At 9:20 a.m. Friday the fire activity had decreased significantly and very little additional spreading was occurring.

About 574 firefighting personnel are assigned to the fire from all over the state. Damage assessment teams have started documenting the structures that have been destroyed or damaged.

Approximately 40,000 residents are under evacuation orders. Officials are working to identify areas that can be repopulated safely.

6:33 a.m. PDT October 25, 2019

The Tick Fire near Santa Clarita jumped across the 14 freeway at about 2:30 Friday morning, requiring it to be closed in both directions between Golden Valley and Escondido Canyon. Additional evacuations have been ordered. The map above shows the perimeter at 9 p.m. October 24 before it crossed the freeway.

At 9 p.m. on Thursday the Tick Fire had burned 3,739 acres, but the growth of the fire to the south and across the freeway during the night may have added another 500 to 1,000 acres.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Tick Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

The Santa Ana winds are expected to continue Friday, gusting across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties at 40 to 65 mph. Wind speeds of 33 mph gusting to 54  were recorded at the Warm Springs weather station northeast of Castaic overnight.

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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.