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'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

06 December 2017, 11:42 | Taylor George

'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

According to reports, the 50-acre Skirball Fire was first reported at about early Wednesday morning on the east side of the northbound lanes across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive.

No fatalities were reported but three firefighters were injured Tuesday in their battle against the Creek Fire, which was zero percent contained Tuesday night.

About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time but were not able to take their horses with them as they had to evacuate immediately when they were awakened Tuesday morning. Santa Ana winds and low humidity are making the firefight hard.

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.

The fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, has scorched 2,500 acres since it erupted just north of the 210 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted about 7 a.m. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway and has threatened residents nearby. Other agencies assisting including the U.S. Forest Service.

Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar was closed today.

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The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101.

But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

Evacuation centers are open at the Sylmar Recreation Center, located at 13109 Borden Avenue.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

Garcetti has warned those with asthma or other health conditions to stay indoors as the smoke from the fires has caused poor air quality. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.



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