Creek Fire Burns 2500 Acres in Sylmar Area; Evacuation Orders in Place

Brush fire north of Los Angeles forces evacuations

Almost 40 horses died after being trapped in a barn that caught fire from embers caused by the Creek Fire at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar.

An early-morning second-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday charred more than 2,500 acres and damaged at least one home, prompting evacuations. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 a.m.in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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The number of areas evacuated because of the Creek Fire has expanded throughout the morning, and a new map (below) shared by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows just how many neighborhoods are affected. The fire has come within a quarter-mile from Ventura City Hall. The LAPD was placed on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was 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.

Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

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The communities of Kagel Canyon, Lakeview Terrace, Sunland, Sylmar, Pacoima, Lopez Canyon and Shadow Hills also were under evacuation orders.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on the west side of Los Angeles - a total of 265 district schools and charter schools - were closed Thursday and will remain shuttered Friday. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals. All other Sylmar-area schools will remain open.

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