Creek Fire Chars 11000 Acres in Sylmar

Creek Fire Chars 11000 Acres in Sylmar

The blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

"At this time, the fire has grown to over 4,000 acres and still growing, as you can see, with the wind gusts now facing us here, approximately a couple of miles away from the fire", Richardson said. The fire is approximately 4000 acres.

A stubborn, wind-driven brush fire that raged through the hills above Sylmar and threatened thousands of homes continued spreading Wednesday, with more than 100,000 residents remaining under evacuation orders.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency for the city in response to the Creek Fire late Tuesday. The Santa Ana winds in California this week were described as the season's "strongest and longest", spreading fires rapidly and making firefighting conditions even more hard.

Los Angeles Fire Fighters are fighting a fire that erupted Tuesday morning due to Santa Ana winds and has already burned 2,500 acres in Sylmar County. The inferno has scorched more than 11,000 acres since it began, as it also jumped the nearby Interstate 210 freeway, forcing its closure.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said he expects to find more homes destroyed when the smoke from the fire clears, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed. An estimated 2,500 homes had already been evacuated.

The entire red zone is under mandatory evacuations.

Seventeen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees and pets. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center at 11127 Orcas Sylmar and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster.

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