Creek Fire above Sylmar destroys or damages 30 homes

10 December, 2017, 04:41 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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A news reporter found a horse upside down at the bottom of a crevice while reporting on the Creek Fire that is spreading through California.

The Thomas Fire has burned 96,000 acres and is just 5% contained, while the Creek Fire has burned nearly 13,000 acres and is 10% contained. Strong Santa Ana winds are pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. The Skirball Fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday near Mulholland Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. "And (the firefighters) were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" Patricia Padilla told the Los Angeles Times.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel- Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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"We realize what an inconvenience this is and how traumatic this is to so many people, but we've watched fires in Northern California, we've seen through experience it's much better to err on the side of safety", Garcetti said at a Wednesday afternoon news briefing. Sixteen schools in Local District West and several Valley and westside independent charter schools will also remain closed, for a total of 265 schools. A full list of closed schools is available at lausd.net. The University of California at Los Angeles, adjacent to an evacuated area, cancelled classes.

The others are the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley and the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita northwest of Los Angeles.

Terrazas warned that the battle was likely to continue until at least Friday. He said the usual threshold for extreme fire conditions is 165.

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Streets reopened and some residents went back into their homes in the Bel Air area as firefighters continued to make significant progress on the Skirball Fire Thursday night.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County remains the largest of the current blazes, having spread as far as the Pacific coast, with satellite images showing large areas of scorched earth. City officials confirmed some streets were open to residents only in Bel Terrace, Roscomare Road, all roads between Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Road and North Casiano Road from Mulholland Drive. Almost 500 horses were stabled at the center when the fire started.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center at 11127 Orcas Ave.in Sylmar and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster.

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