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All evacuations and road closures issued as a result of the Rye Fire have been lifted, and the College of the Canyons evacuation site has been deactivated, officials said.

Firefighters have made some progress against the Rye Fire, which has burned 7,000 acres in Santa Clarita.

The Rye Fire burns in the Santa Clarita area on Dec. 5, 2017.

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The fire could reach the Simi Valley area due to heavy winds, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement. The home was less than five miles from an evacuation center for people fleeing the Rye fire.

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

Despite the Santa Ana winds ramping up overnight and Thursday morning, firefighters kept building containment lines around the Rye fire keeping it from expanding from the 7,000 acres it had already scorched, according to Cal Fire officials. One structure was destroyed in the blaze, according to fire officials.

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The Golden State Freeway was temporarily closed in both directions near state Route 126, but the freeway reopened by mid-afternoon. Students at West Ranch High School, Rancho Pico Junior High and Oak Hills Elementary are being evacuated to College of the Canyons (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road). Rye Canyon Loop was also closed, along with state Route 126 from Copperhill Drive to the Golden State Freeway.

Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway is also closed. The park will be open every day starting Saturday from 10:30 a.m.to 9 a.m. except for Christmas Day.

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

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that the 9-1-1 system is down at the Santa Clarita station because of a power outage.