Creek Fire Chars 11000 Acres in Sylmar

Creek Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations 210 Freeway Closure

Mike Tauber

A brush fire burning in the Sylmar area has prompted officials to ask several residents to evacuate their homes early Tuesday morning. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

The number of areas evacuated because of the Creek Fire has expanded throughout the morning, and a new map (below) shared by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows just how many neighborhoods are affected. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning.

Strong dry Santa Ana Winds swooped throughout Los Angeles last night, starting a mountain wildfire that forced local residents, restaurants and bars to evacuate.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the battle was likely to continue until at least Friday. The LAPD was placed on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The 210 Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

The entire red zone is under mandatory evacuations. A map of now evacuated areas and shelters can be found here. Those centers are the Sylmar Recreation Center and the Sunland Senior Citizen Center.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga. All other Sylmar-area schools will remain open.

And the Los Angeles Unified School District said the student bodies of Hubbard and Harding schools in Sylmar would be redirected to San Fernando High School at 11133 O'Melveny San Fernando.

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