Fire sets off evacuation from amusement park

Six Flags Magic Mountain will reopen at its usual time today.

Yesterday, the Southern California amusement and water park had to close early after a brush fire broke out nearby and sent hundreds of visitors fleeing from heavy smoke.

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor announced the closure in the afternoon after authorities had reopened roads, allowing guests to leave the property in their cars.

The fire broke out around noon and quickly grew to about 30 acres.

It set off panic and confusion as visitors were first told by the park to evacuate and then asked by fire officials to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze.

Park visitors said many people didn't know where they were supposed to go as smoke enveloped the park.

Dawn Kamber