‘Avoid the entire San Fernando Valley region,’ Caltrans warns as freeways are shut down due to Saddlebridge Fire


LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — UPDATE: Southbound I-5 is now open, CHP Fort Tejon says.

Multiple freeways are closed Friday morning due to the Saddleridge Fire that’s raging in the northern reaches of Los Angeles, cutting off Southern California’s main north-south connection to the rest of the state.

Surface streets are jammed, and many in the San Clarita and Antelope valleys are unable to get south to the L.A. area.

The closure of the northbound 5 Freeway at the 118 Freeway – and of the southbound 5 at Calgrove Boulevard in Santa Clarita – effectively makes the 101 Freeway the only route connecting Southern California to the Central Valley and Bay Area, as the Los Angeles Times first noted.

The latest closures are posted at Caltrans’ site quickmap.dot.ca.gov and are listed below.

The following sections of freeway are closed, Caltrans District 7 announced shortly after 9 a.m.:

5 Freeway

  • Southbound 5 Freeway at Calgrove Boulevard
  • Northbound 5 Freeway at the 118 Freeway
  • Northbound and southbound 5 connectors to eastbound 118 Freeway

14 Freeway

  • Southbound 14 Freeway at Newhall Avenue

210 Freeway

  • Westbound 210 Freeway at the 118 Freeway

118 Freeway

  • Eastbound 118 Freeway at Kuehner Drive
  • Westbound 118 Freeway at Balboa Boulevard
  • Eastbound 118 connector to westbound 210 Freeway
  • Eastbound 118 connector to northbound 405 Freeway

405 Freeway

  • Northbound 405 at the 118 Freeway
  • Northbound 405 connector to westbound 118 Freeway

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