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A brush fire forced evacuation of Six Flags Magic Mountain themed park

A fast-moving brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon near Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor [water park] are currently being evacuated due to the brush fire,” Six Flags officials said in a statement. No structures were threatened but nine people were transported to local hospitals for smoke exposure. The fire erupted near Interstate 5. About 100 county firefighters and 12 fire engines were on scene battling the fire. Firefighters battled the 40-acre blaze in hot, dry and windy conditions during the first day of a heat wave baking the region in nearly 100-degree heat. The brush fire was not a direct threat to the parks or nearby homes.

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“Monday will also be on the warm and dry side , maybe a degree or two warmer in the San Fernando Valley,” Kathy Hoxsie, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Magic Mountain theme park is located in the Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. With 18 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for most roller coasters in an amusement park. It has millions visitors yearly.

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