A massive and widespread fire has spread across 700 acres in Santa Clarita California. The fire began when a car near the intersection of the 14 Freeway and Placerita Canyon Road when a motorist drove her car into a tree and started a fire, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
At least 76 homes are reported without power and hundreds of evacuations are ongoing as the fire is spreading too fast to be contained. The fire jumped the Freeway and destroyed several building near the Disney Ranch.
Joey Marrone, a spokesman for the fire department, said the driver of the vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries and is expected to recover. He also stated several firefighters have been hospitalized trying to combat the vicious fire that's spreading like gasoline.
A reporter for NBC Los Angeles also had their news fan catch fire when trying to capture footage for a report near the onset of the inferno. Crew members were able to flee the scene safely.
Tenderfoot Trail Road and Running Horse Road are under a mandatory evacuation, while the residents of Placerita Canyon Road, Lost Canyon Road Via Princessa Cardinal Drive, Winter Pine Way, Ravenglen Road, Pineview Road and Cambria Street are all being told to voluntarily evacuate at their own peril.
At least 400 firefighters, alongside four helicopter crews and 2 air tankers are involved in the rescue and firefight operation. The fire is 50 percent contained, said Cpt. Keith Mora, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Several highway exit ramps and roads around the area have been completely closed off, according to the officials. The situation will remain a containment mission throughout the night as first responders attempt to save as many lives as possible while also minimizing damage to property.