Published: Ср, Декабря 06, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Brush fire north of Los Angeles forces evacuations

Brush fire north of Los Angeles forces evacuations

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.

The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101. The evacuation order was later expanded, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east.

At around 6 a.m., sheriff's deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers began evacuations in the 12300 block of Little Tujunga Road down to Foothill Boulevard, according to the LAPD. Mass evacuations were underway in the canyon areas. As of 5:40 a.m., zero percent of the blaze has been contained.

The Creek fire in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar and the Hansen Dam Recreation area was reported at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, and is threatening homes.

An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in. 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.

The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wildfires burning in Southern California.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.

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

More than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used, the newspaper said.

I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

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