Firefighters battle Creek fire above Sylmar

Firefighters battle Creek fire above Sylmar

As the fire expanded and jumped south of the 210 Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

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.

Hundreds of US firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east. The fire has charred about 11,000 acres, burning structures and prompting mandatory evacuations.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

Meanwhile, the Creek Fire, which broke out near Sylmar and Lakeview Terrace in Los Angeles - was estimated to have grown to at least 11,377 acres.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the blaze, which started before 5 a.m, quickly spread to about 50 acres. Approximately 100 Forest Service personnel are now assigned.

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

A fire east of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center has closed the 405 freeway in both directions north of the 10 freeway, says the LA Times.

Horses are evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave.in Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St.in Sunland. The museum had already announced Tuesday that it would be closed today due to smoke from other area fires. Authorities temporarily closed the freeway, leaving many unable to get to their jobs.

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