Evacuation orders have been issued for approximately 50,000 residents in Los Angeles county (California state) as of the evening (local time) of Thursday, October 24, due to an ongoing wildfire. The so-called Tick Fire broke out on Thursday afternoon near Santa Clarita and has consumed around 5000 acres (2023 hectares) of land. Around 500 firefighters have deployed to begin containment efforts, along with air tankers and helicopters. Some roads have been closed and several structures have been burned. Up-to-date information can be found on the county emergency website here.
The blaze is anticipated to continue spreading in the coming hours. High winds are forecast in the area through the morning of Friday, October 25. Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are expected in the vicinity of the wildfire and evacuation zones.
Individuals in Los Angeles county are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire. Children and those with respiratory illness are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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