A blazing fire in the foothills of Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Sunland-Tujunga burned 11,000 acres, burned multiple structures and forced mandatory evacuations on Tuesday as firefighters also fought en masse and destructive fire in Ventura County.
The Los Angeles County fire, known as the Creek Fire, began at approximately 3:42 am near Gold Creek Road and Little Tujunga Canyon Road, said Deputy Head of County Fire Department David Richardson.
By noon, the fire had burned 11,000 acres and jumped off Highway 210. It is likely that the fire will continue to grow due to strong gusts of wind in the area, authorities said. It is contained in 0 percent.
Highway 210 is closed from Sunland Boulevard in the east to the 5 Freeway in the west, and the interchange of highway 118 with the 210 is also closed. Drivers are advised to take alternative routes to the south.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the area north of Highway 210 from La Crescenta east to Boulevard Glenoaks, to the west, is under a mandatory evacuation order. alert. That was extended to include the area south of 210 Freeway between Sunland on the south end, Wentworth on the north and Wheatland on the west.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned those who have not yet been evacuated to be prepared to gather critical documents and put them in a vehicle.
"Get ready to go," Garcetti said at a press conference as the sirens shouted in the distance. "This fire could sweep the hills." West residents to Porter Ranch should be ready. "
The fire occurs in Average of a red flag warning due to the low humidity and fierce Santa Ana winds that are expected to last for much of the week. Fixed-wing aircraft can not fly, according to county fire chief Daryl Osby.
More than 700 firefighters from various agencies were fighting the fire, according to the inciweb incident information website. Los Angeles County firefighters had been helping overnight at the huge Thomas Fire in Ventura County when they were called to the Creek fire, authorities said.
A firefighter from the city of Los Angeles was injured when a bulldozer rolled; He is in stable condition after being taken to a trauma center.
From 10 to 15 houses have been damaged or burned in Kagel Canyon, according to the Sheriff's Department. The houses in the development of Santiago Estates in Sylmar were visibly burned.
No further details on the damage available during the "extreme shooting," Osby said.
The KTLA video showed a house engulfed in flames on Via San Anselmo as the fire crews worked to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the neighborhood. Other burned structures were detected in the nearby Santa Bárbara highway.
Some 2,500 homes were evacuated due to the fire, Richardson said. About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from the Mountain View Convalescence Center in Sylmar.
The evacuation centers for people and small pets are open at the Sylmar Recreation Center, located at 13109 Borden Ave., and at the Branford Recreation Center 13306 Branford St., Arleta. The center at the Sunland Senior Center has been closed. Large animals can be brought to Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
Several schools have been evacuated and students are asked to go to other campuses.
The fire broke out when hundreds of firefighters are fighting the 45,500-acre Thomas Fire fire near Ventura.
"The fact that we have this fire and the devastating fire in Ventura County has definitely tapped resources throughout the region, but we continue to provide additional resources to help us fight this fire," Richardson said.