Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Creek Fire Burns 1000 Acres in Sylmar Area; Evacuation Orders in Place

Creek Fire Burns 1000 Acres in Sylmar Area; Evacuation Orders in Place

The Creek Fire burning in Sylmar has shut down the 210 Freeway from the 5 Freeway to the 2 Freeway late Tuesday morning, according to a social media post from Caltrans authorities. Residents were beginning to evacuate their homes as flames continued to spread quickly. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed the three-alarm fire, which was burning at least 2,500 acres as sustained winds were at 35 miles per hour.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Lopez Canyon, Kagel Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cabrera said. The fire was reported just before 4 AM. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet that the Creek Fire has claimed at least 20 structures on the county side of the fire. The Angeles NF is in unified command with LA County Fire Department and LA City Fire Department.

Evacuation centers are open at the Sylmar Recreation Center, located at 13109 Borden Avenue.

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Small animals and pets were able to find safety at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

More than 50 miles away, officials from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District said that even though classes are in session, students are being kept indoors due to smoky conditions.

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