Free­way re­opens; hu­man re­mains found in fire area

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - NEWS -

CANYON COUN­TRY (CNS) — All but one lane of the An­te­lope Val­ley Free­way was re­opened Satur­day and more manda­tory evac­u­a­tions were lifted as crews bat­tled the fire burn­ing in Canyon Coun­try and Santa Clarita which was 25% con­tained after scorch­ing 4,615 acres, au­thor­i­ties said.

Three lanes of the south­bound An­te­lope Val­ley Free­way, in­clud­ing the car­pool lane, re­opened at 10:30 p.m. Fri­day. The right lane and shoul­der re­mained closed from Es­con­dido to Soledad canyons, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol said. The Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road of­framps will re­main closed un­til fur­ther no­tice, Cal­trans said.

The north­bound An­te­lope Val­ley Free­way, which had been closed be­tween Golden Val­ley Road and Agua Dulce, was re­opened about 4 p.m. Fri­day. The free­way was closed early Fri­day morn­ing when flames jumped the road­way.

Res­i­dents were urged to avoid Bou­quet Canyon Road be­cause sher­iff’s deputies and fire­fight­ers were us­ing it as a pri­mary stag­ing area.

Evac­u­a­tion or­ders af­fect­ing tens of thou­sands of res­i­dents were lifted for those liv­ing north of Soledad Canyon be­tween Whites Canyon Road and Sierra High­way, and for res­i­dents in the Sand Canyon area south of Fire Sta­tion 132 from Sand Canyon Road to Placerita Canyon Road, Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment As­sis­tant Chief Vince Pena said at a Fri­day af­ter­noon news brief­ing.

As of 2 p.m. evac­u­a­tion or­ders were lifted for Satur­day, evac­u­a­tion or­ders were lifted for Baker Canyon Road from Sierra High­way, north of Vasquez Canyon Road, to where it ends near 15142 Sierra High­way. Ear­lier in the day evac­u­a­tion or­ders were lifted for any area south of Fire Sta­tion 132 at 29310 Sand Canyon Road and south of the Sand Canyon off-ramp to Placerita; the area be­tween Whites Canyon Road and Sierra High­way; the area south of Plum Canyon and north of Soledad Road and the ar­eas south­west of Sierra High­way at Linda Vista.

Ar­eas still un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­der were at Tick Canyon Road from Abe­lia Road to Sum­mit Knoll Road.

About 11:30 a.m., a pub­lic works em­ployee “stum­bled across” hu­man re­mains around Sand Canyon Road and Thomp­son Ranch Drive, said Deputy Mor­gan Arteaga of the Sher­iff’s In­for­ma­tion Bureau. Sher­iff ’s homi­cide de­tec­tives re­sponded to the scene, she said, but it was un­clear whether the re­mains were re­lated to the Tick fire or pre­dated the blaze.

Gov. Gavin New­som de­clared a state of emer­gency in Los An­ge­les County Fri­day in re­sponse to the fire, free­ing up state re­sources to as­sist in the fire­fight­ing ef­fort. County Board of Su­per­vi­sors chair Jan­ice Hahn also is­sued a lo­cal emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion.

Nine struc­tures have been con­firmed de­stroyed and nine more dam­aged, al­though fire of­fi­cials said that the num­bers will likely in­crease fol­low­ing dam­age as­sess­ments.

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