Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Creek fire burns 2500 acres in Kagel Canyon above Sylmar, threatening homes

A firefighting helicopter is seen above the Creek Fire on Dec. 5 2017 A firefighting helicopter is seen above the Creek Fire on Dec. 5 2017
Sammy Stanley | 08 December, 2017, 02:03

Residents living north of the Foothill (210) Freeway between Glenoaks Boulevard in Sylmar and La Crescenta Avenue on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles County are being asked to leave the area as crews battle the Creek fire.

Three firefighters suffered what were considered to be minor injuries Tuesday.

Patricia Padilla, the owner of the ranch, said she agonized over leaving the horses, but the firemen who knocked at her door and told her to evacuate had made it clear that it was a matter of life and death that she and her family leave immediately.

"The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) has been working around the clock to rescue animals and provide safe sheltering for animals as a result of the active fires that have affected thousands of Los Angeles County residents", the agency posted in an update on Facebook Wednesday.

An estimated 2,500 structures were threatened by the Creek Fire at one point, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which was fighting the blaze in a unified command with the Los Angeles city and county fire departments.

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A smoke advisory issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District says that wind-blown smoke is making the air most hazardous in the San Fernando Valley and Malibu areas.

The LAFD's "brush burning index" that rates the fire danger was at 296 - "the highest number I've ever seen in my career", according to Terrazas. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The gusty winds also have the potential to bring down trees and power lines, and already brought down several big rig trucks along the 210 Freeway in Fontana. Approximately 120,000 people were impacted by evacuation orders due to the blaze, which ignited Tuesday in Kagel Canyon near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

The map also pinpoints evacuation centers. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Animal Control announced Pierce College was at capacity.

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