Workers at the Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar were set Thursday to bring back some of their exotic and wild animals they evacuated in recent days because of the Creek fire back to their animal sanctuary. But the blaze did not grow overnight Wednesday, according to CalFire. All were in stable condition, with at least two of them expected to be released from hospitals Wednesday, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire is occurring while fighters across Southern California are battling a blaze in Ventura County.
Fire crews were continuing to struggle with strong winds up to 70 miles per hour, poor access and steep, rugged terrain, CalFire said. There are reports that it has damaged or destroyed at least 10 homes. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them.
Mass evacuations have been issued for residents who live in Little Tujunga Canyon.
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The LAPD was placed on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders to keep officers beyond the end of their shifts, giving them maximum flexibility in deploying resources. The eastbound 210 Freeway exits at Osborne Avenue, Wheatland Avenue, Sunland Boulevard, and La Tuna Canyon Road are also closed. 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.
As of early afternoon, the fire had scorched an estimated 11,000 acres.
Most of the roughly 400 wild and exotic animals at the sanctuary were evacuated in recent days for their safety.