Ash rained down on Six Flags Magic Mountain visitors Sunday as a fast-moving brush fire spread in Southern California, prompting the amusement park’s evacuation.
The blaze erupted at around noon, local time in Santa Clarita and burned 40 acres in four hours, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“I was getting iced coffee and when I walked outside, ash was raining down on me,” said Rachel Gallat, who was visiting a friend who works at the park, north of Los Angeles.
“There was a big cloud of smoke. I saw people around me panicking; they didn’t know where they were supposed to go.”
Six Flags Magic Mountain and nearby water park Hurricane Harbor announced the evacuation shortly after the fire broke out, saying “the safety and well being of our guests and team members is our top priority.”
About an hour later, park officials asked guest to stay inside because officials had closed down nearby roads.
Visitors were moved to the back of the 260-acre property away from the entrance, where firefighters were working.
Video posted on Twitter shows bathing-suit clad families covering their mouths from smoke with towels and t-shirts.
One clip taken on an uphill-moving roller coaster shows the sky quickly filling with thick gray and orange clouds.
Nine people were taken to local hospitals for smoke exposure, the LA County Fire Department said.
With Post wires
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