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Magic Mountain evacuates after wildfire erupts near L.A.-area amusement park

A fast-moving wildfire Sunday near Six Flags Magic Mountain prompted evacuations and a short-lived “shelter in place” order at the amusement park and nearby Hurricane Harbor water park north of Los Angeles, KTLA reported.

The fire scorched 98 acres before firefighters stopped it from spreading, KCBS reported. It had reached 50 percent containment by Sunday night.

The amusement park wrote on Twitter at 12:30 p.m. that it had asked guests to leave, but at 1:15 p.m. reported guests were now being told to remain in the parks.

“LA County fire has asked all guests to remain at the park. The exit roads are temporarily closed. We will advise when they open,” the post read.

At 2 p.m. Magic Mountain reported on Twitter that fire officials had reopened the exit roads for people wishing to evacuate.

The brush fire, which broke out about noon along Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita, did not pose a threat to the parks or nearby homes, KNBC reported. It has been dubbed the Sky Fire.

About 100 firefighters battled the blaze Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Photos and videos posted to Twitter by guests show heavy smoke at Six Flags Magic Mountain as people try to leave the amusement park.

Some guests, posting while the exit roads were still closed, wrote they were “stuck” or “trapped” in the amusement park.

Both parks are scheduled to reopen at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time Monday, KCBS reported. Visitors who had to leave early Sunday will receive free passes for a return visit.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.