Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

This map shows mandatory evacuation zone, evacuation centers for Creek Fire

This map shows mandatory evacuation zone, evacuation centers for Creek Fire

The family who owns Rancho Padillo lives up on a hill by the ranch and awoke to the Creek fire flames at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Dead horses lie in stalls at Rancho Padilla where 29 horses and numerous other animals were killed in the Creek Fire on December 6, 2017 near Sylmar, California.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, an estimated 11,377 acres had burned and 2,500 structures were threatened, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which was fighting the fire in a unified command with the Los Angeles city and county fire departments.

The fire erupted as hundreds of firefighters are battling the 31,000 acre Thomas Fire near Ventura.

Three firefighters suffered what were considered to be minor injuries Tuesday.

Officials were checking on several reports of people being trapped as a result of the fire, but those have not been confirmed, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Stafford said. 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.

More than 20 square miles of residential property were reported as being evacuated.

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

As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway on Tuesday, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

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. Those centers are the Sylmar Recreation Center and the Sunland Senior Citizen Center.

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