Rye Fire Reaches 80 Percent Containment as Evacuations Lifted

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Firefighters got the Rye Fire burning in Santa Clarita 80 percent contained by lines of cleared vegetation on this the fifth day in the battle of a blaze that has consumed 6,049 acres thus far, authorities said.

The fire also damaged at last one outbuilding, said Capt. Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

It started at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the 2500 block of Rye Canyon Loop, and -- driven by gusty Santa Ana winds -- has threatened 5,460 structures and caused burn injuries to a firefighter, authorities said. The firefighter, possibly an inmate, was airlifted to a burn center for treatment.

All evacuations and road closures issued as a result of the fire have been lifted, and the College of the Canyons evacuation site has been deactivated, officials said.

The fire's size originally was estimated at about 7,000 acres, but has been downsized to 6,049 acres after precision mapping was conducted, Cal Fire said.

The fire prompted the evacuation of about 5,000 people from about 1,300 homes and the closure of sections of the Golden State (5) Freeway and state Route 126.

A Red Flag Warning continued for Southern California through Sunday, officials said.

Authorities reminded residents that the Disaster Distress Helpline, a 24- hour national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for those affected by the fires, is accessible at (800) 985-5990.

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