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Firefighters battle the Rye Fire on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave  The Signal Firefighters battle the Rye Fire on Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Austin Dave The Signal
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 00:03

As the Rye Fire continues to scorch the west side of Santa Clarita, road closures and evacuations have impacted drivers, residents, and even students. High winds in the area caused the fire to spread to more than 500 acres by noon.

Valencia Travel Village motor home park near the 126 has also been evacuated, according to Sgt. Wayne Waterman of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the Westridge housing community.

The quick-moving brush fire consumed thousands of acres and triggered evacuations of homes and schools after it was sparked on Tuesday and exploded in acreage that same day into Wednesday.

The Golden State Freeway was temporarily closed in both directions near state Route 126, but the freeway reopened by mid-afternoon.

"Traffic is jammed in the area", the city said.

The Rye Fire has already destroyed over 200 acres and shut down the busy Interstate 5 freeway.

The Rye Fire started about 9:55 a.m.in the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Five schools in the area are without power but have not been evacuated, according to the Santa Clarita city officials.

Evacuation centers had been established at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive and College of the Canyons, 6455 Rockwell Canyon Road as a precaution.

Evacuation orders were given for residents along Rye Canyon Loop and residents in the Westridge community.

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed.

L.A. County firefighters have been battling a fire in Rye Canyon Loop since 10:00 Tuesday morning.

The Rye Fire burns as the Creek Fire in Sylmar and Thomas Fire in Ventura County are wreaking havoc.