US Mass evacuations ordered as Creek fire burns through 4,000 acres; 210 Freeway closed

22:55  05 december  2017
22:55  05 december  2017 Source:   latimes.com

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The Creek Fire north of Los Angeles has burned more than 11, 000 acres and destroyed 30 homes. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

Closures affect the following routes: 210 Freeway is closed in both directions between Sunland and the 5 freeway . Thomas Fire burns 50,500 acres , forcing tens of thousands to evacuate .

a star in the background © KTLA A fast-moving brush fire raced through the hills above Sylmar and Lake View Terrace on Tuesday, burning 4,000 acres and destroying an unknown number of homes.

Fueled by powerful Santa Ana winds, the Creek fire broke out off Little Tujunga Canyon Road around 4 a.m. and was threatening homes north of the 210 Freeway. The California Highway Patrol closed the freeway in both directions later Tuesday morning.

At a briefing Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson said the fire was still growing as more crews streamed into the area.

Behind him, trees swayed as the winds whipped across the landscape.

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X. Creek Fire Burns Thousands of Acres in Sylmar Area. Link. Embed. Copy. Close . The Foothill ( 210 ) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

Officials are considering lifting some of the mandatory evacuation orders . About 775 firefighters are on scene. The nearest one is the 11, 000 - acre Creek Fire that has closed and crossed the 210 freeway near Sylmar.

“You can only imagine the impact this weather is having on the flaming front,” he said. “This wind is what’s being dealt with at this point in time. It makes things very … difficult because we’re chasing the fire, we’re chasing the fire trying to get ahead of it, trying to get in front to provide structure defense.”

There are more than 400 firefighters battling the blaze and more than 50 fire engines within Sylmar’s neighborhoods, officials said.

“We have this fire, and the devastating fire in Ventura County has definitely tapped the resources throughout the region,” Richardson said.

There have been reports of burned structures within the Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon communities and approximately 2,500 homes evacuated.

Students at Hubbard and Harding elementary schools and Vaughn Early Education Center are taking their classes at San Fernando High School.

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The Creek Fire , near Sylmar and Kagel Canyon, has burned about 4 , 000 acres since it was reported at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday. It is on the north side of the 210 freeway which at 11 a.m. was closed between Interstate 5 on the west and Sunland Blvd. on the east.

14, 000 + Acres Burned , 30 Homes Destroyed. Evacuation Areas Expand. As the fire burned on Tuesday, the Foothill ( 210 ) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway and the Glendale (2) Freeway , but the freeway had been reopened by Wednesday

One Los Angeles firefighter operating a bulldozer was injured when the vehicle rolled over, officials said.

“The firefighter is not trapped, he is conscious, alert and talking with rescuers,” Los Angeles Fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said in a media release..

About 200 Los Angeles Police Department officers were handling evacuations in parts of Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

The blaze comes as firefighters further north are dealing with a fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire that has swept into the city of Ventura, burned 45,000 acres, destroyed homes and forced 27,000 people to evacuate. About 150 structures — including at least one large apartment complex — were consumed by flames, and many more were threatened as the fire crept about a quarter-mile from Ventura City Hall.

According to the LAFD, mandatory evacuations were ordered in the following Creek fire areas:

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By midday, the fire had burned 11, 000 acres and jumped the 210 Freeway . Evacuations have also been ordered in the Shallow Hills area, between Wentworth Street to the north, Wheatland Avenue on the west and Sunland Boulevard to the south.

Fueled by “extremely erratic” Santa Ana winds, the Creek fire exploded through the foothills of north Los Angeles Tuesday, leaving destruction in its more than 11, 000 - acre path and forcing evacuation orders affecting at least 120, 000 residents, authorities said.

-- Kagel Canyon

-- Trailer park in Lopez Canyon

-- Arroyo Street north of the 210 Freeway

-- Mobile home park at top of Maclay Street

-- Pacoima Wash west of Sayre Street

-- Eldridge and Hubbard streets

Voluntary evacuations were called for:

-- East of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon, between Sayre and Polk streets

-- North of the 210 Freeway, between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

a close up of a map © Raoul Ranoa/@latimesgraphics

-- Between Bledsoe and Roxford streets.

-- Between Roxford Street and Glenoaks Boulevard.

-- Between Glenoaks and Filbert street.

-- Filbert to the interchange of the 5 and 14 freeways

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., and Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick St.

UPDATES:

10:05 a.m.: This article was updated with revised estimate of acreage burnedand comments from officials.

9:15 a.m.: This article was updated with revised estimate of acreage burned and comments from firefighters.

7 a.m.: This article was updated with revised estimate of acreage burned and evacuation zones.

5:05 a.m.: This article was updated with revised estimate of acreage burned.

This article was originally published at 4:55 a.m.

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