Creek Fire Chars Nearly 11400 Acres in Sylmar


Herjit Sing sheds a tear after being evacuated from his home on La Tiera Way during the Creek fire on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

A brush fire burning in the Sylmar area has prompted officials to ask several residents to evacuate their homes early Tuesday morning.

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in some surrounding areas. It's part of a series of wind-driven fires that destroyed more than 180 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Fueled by high winds, the blaze dubbed the Creek fire was reported at 3:42 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in battling the flames. Approximately 100 Forest Service personnel are now assigned.

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. More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.

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

Shortly before 7 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the entire 405 Freeway between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, along with on-ramps and off-ramps and freeway transition roads in the affected area.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.

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Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed. However, the college's Sunland-Tujunga Campus at 7224 Foothill Tujunga remained open.