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Some residents near Tick fire allowed back home as weather conditions improve

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LA County Fire work a house fire at a home on Sequoia Road in Santa Clarita during the Tick fire on Friday, October 25, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Thousands of Los Angles County residents forced to evacuate from the wind-driven 4,300-acre Tick fire were allowed back home late Friday amid cooler temperatures, calmer winds and waning concern about the danger the fire posed.

But officials said they were ready in case wind speeds change and again whip the fire into action.

“We don’t expect fire conditions to deteriorate tonight, but we always prepare for it,” said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda.

He said that, where he stood at the command post Friday evening, near the containment lines, the winds were calm, but said that could change, referring to Thursday evening’s sudden shift when winds went from mild to aggressive, pushing the fire across the 14 Freeway.

Fire officials grew optimistic by Friday evening. as winds from the ocean began to cool the area and add moisture into the air.

With a more dormant fire, authorities reopened the northbound 14 Freeway after an hours-long closure. Southbound lanes remain closed due to fire damage, according to CHP officials.

The 14 Freeway closed about 3 a.m. between Escondido Canyon and Golden Valley and will open it “when it’s safe,” said Capt. Edward Krusey of the California Highway Patrol.By late afternoon, authorities said they would begin allowing some residents to return to their homes, including those who live in the area between Whites Canyon […]

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