Thousands of residents near the Foothill Expressway (210) are under mandatory evacuation due to a fire that originated in the Angeles National Forest above Sylmar and extended eastward on Tuesday. Residents living north of the highway between Glenoaks Boulevard in Sylmar and Lowell The avenue near the western edge of La Crescenta is asked to leave the area while the crews fight the Creek fire. At 12:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department estimated that the fire had burned approximately 11,000 acres.
Several evacuation centers have been established including the Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave., the Branford Recreation Center at 13306 Branford St in Arleta and Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
Due to the spread of the fire, Dunsmore Elementary School in La Crescenta requested the early release of its students as a result of the campus's proximity to the evacuation area.
According to the Glendale Unified School District, students who can not be picked up at Dunsmore will be sent to Crescenta Valley High School for safety.
No other school within the district has been impacted.
Anita Shandi, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Fire Department, said no evacuations were ordered in the city. However, he said the department is monitoring the spread of the fire and will act if necessary.
"So far, the weather is cooperating in Glendale's favor," he said. "If something changes, that can change our response."
The Creek fire first started around 4 a.m. near Little Tujunga Canyon Road and spread rapidly as a result of the Santa Ana winds.
Early on Tuesday afternoon the fire jumped through Highway 210 and into the Shadow Hills area, according to LAFD. The evacuation order was extended to include a portion of the residents living south of the highway.
Smoke could be seen throughout the county, including Burbank and Glendale.
Also, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a notice urging residents in parts of the San Fernando Valley to seek shelter from the smoke.
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2:34: pm: This article was updated with clarifying information from the Los Angeles Fire Department within the boundaries of the fire evacuation area.
1:37 p.m.: This article was updated with comments from the Glendale Fire Department and additional information on evacuations.
This article was originally published at 12:40 p.m.