Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Creek Fire Burns 2500 Acres in Sylmar Area; Evacuation Orders in Place

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Theodore Harris | 07 December, 2017, 00:57

"But Cal Fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven't been able to get into areas to know for sure".

Angelenos captured the Brentwood or Skirball fire, one of several southern California wildfires, coming dangerously close to the Getty Center in West Los Angeles during the beginning of the Wednesday morning commute. The Strike team was assigned to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below. No injuries have been reported, and 220 firefighters are on the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Meanwhile, the Creek Fire, which broke out near Sylmar and Lakeview Terrace in Los Angeles - was estimated to have grown to at least 11,377 acres. All North Bound lanes of the 405 are closed in the area.

Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

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An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in. Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

Santa Paula and both the county and city of Ventura have also declared local emergencies, according to officials. Fixed-wing aircraft are unable to fly and gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are being felt, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes. He joined a chorus of officials urging residents to immediately evacuate if they are told to do so.

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