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Creek Fire near Sylmar now 11,000 acres; 30 burned structures


Firefighters battled the growing brush fire at Kagel Canyon near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace on Tuesday, amid warning warnings and red wind.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed that Creek Fire expanded to 11,000 acres and has no containment. More than 800 firefighters from different agencies and more than 50 engines attended the firefighting.

At least 30 structures were destroyed by the fire, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Garcetti declared a state of emergency in the city of Los Angeles.

Gob. Jerry Brown also declared an emergency in Los Angeles County over the Creek fire, as well as the Rye fire.

Garcetti urged people to follow evacuation orders. The city would have police officers patrolling evacuated neighborhoods to monitor looters, he said.

"We have lost structures, we have not lost lives," Garcetti said at a briefing on Tuesday afternoon. "Do not wait, leave your homes."

About 115,000 residents were affected by the evacuation orders, Garcetti said and about 10 percent of them would need shelter.

The Creek Fire was reported for the first time around 4 a. M. Acre fire in the Gold Creek and Little Tujunga Canyon area.

Los Angeles police said a tactical alert was declared citywide with officers ready to help.

The Los Angeles Unified School District also had multiple school closures in the area. The latest updates are published here.

The wind-driven flare also led to the closure of Highway 210. About 200 LAPD officers were also deployed to assist with evacuations.

RELATED: List of evacuations, closures near Sylmar, Kagel Canyon and surrounding areas

Residents were seen to evacuate their homes while the flames continued to spread rapidly in strong winds. Some residents in the area took matters into their own hands, spraying their homes with water as the thick, black smoke from the Creek Fire approached.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke warning until Wednesday morning.

Strong winds from the east and northeast are expected to continue through Wednesday night, bringing smoke to the western portion of Los Angeles County. Air quality can reach unhealthy or higher levels in areas directly affected by smoke, including the western San Fernando Valley, the eastern San Fernando Valley, the southwest coast of Los Angeles County and the northwest coastal county of Los Angeles

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries that battled the Creek Fire, but no other serious injuries or deaths were reported.

The fire was one of the many fires throughout Southern California amidst the dangerous conditions of Santa Ana.

The firefighters were also fighting a massive fire that carbonized more than 70 square miles, nicknamed Thomas Fire, in Ventura County, where more than 150 structures were destroyed.

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