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

'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

The fire started near a creek and is threatening homes along the 210 freeway.

A brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar, charred almost 11,400, destroyed about 30 homes and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from their homes, raged on for a second day Wednesday even though air crews made overnight water drops in a bid to douse the flames.

Amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, a brush fire raged out of the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday and raced across 11,000 acres, destroying about 30 homes and forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes. Those in the area were ordered by the Los Angeles Fire Department to evacuate.

One of many horse left behind as an early-morning major alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday.

Mandatory evacuation orders were also issued. The blaze prompted the evacuations of 27,000 people and was zero percent contained Wednesday morning.

The Skirball Fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. on the east side of the freeway near Mulholland Drive, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

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But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

Some 105 patients were being voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Ave in Sylmar, said LAFD, noting that they had no reported injuries from any civilians.

- 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.

A helicopter makes a water drop on the 11,000 acre Creek fire now burning in the Angeles National Forest above Sylmar.

I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States. He joined a chorus of officials urging residents to immediately evacuate if they are told to do so.

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