LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KRON) — If you’re planning on driving to the Los Angeles area anytime soon, you may need to consider taking alternative routes.
Both directions of Interstate 5 are shut down at the Highway 126 interchange due to a wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles.
The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. and has spread 200 acres.
This will cause problems for those headed to Valencia, Santa Clarita, and neighboring areas in Los Angeles County.
Popular theme park, Magic Mountain, is located in this area.
Around 10:20 a.m. L.A. County CHP issued a traffic alert.
CHP says both directions of I-5 at SR-126 will be closed until further notice.
There is no estimation for when the freeway will reopen.
This is the third Southern California wildfire to break out since Monday night.
SIGALERT: N/B AND S/B I-5 AT SR-126, ALL LANES WILL BE CLOSED FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE
— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) December 5, 2017
NB I-5 closed at Magic Mountain Parkway, SB I-5 at Hasley Canyon Road due to #RyeFire. Smoke can limit visibility on state highways so look out for others and drive carefully. pic.twitter.com/VzP45AJ9GF
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) December 5, 2017
Santa Clarita, home to the California Institute of the Arts, is about 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Interstate 5 is a major link connecting Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay area.
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