Most residents affected by Creek Fire will be able to return home on Thursday night, according to authorities.
The fire spread over 12,605 acres, or nearly 20 square miles, since Tuesday morning, early, departed in the area of Kagel Canyon Road, north of Lake View Terrace. But the fire did not grow during Wednesday night, according to CalFire. It is contained in 1
Limeklin Canyon remains closed from Pacoima Canyon Road to Maclay Street. Ebey Canyon and Doane Canyon are in the Riverwood community and are open to residents beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday and the Shadowhills area north of Sunland Boulevard are also open only to residents.
Residents in the neighborhoods of Limekiln Canyon, Shadow Hills and Riverwood are still evacuated as those areas are still being affected by the fire, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference on Thursday night.
The flames spread northeast of the place where the fire originally started with winds of around 30 mph in the line of fire, according to Capt. Chris Reade of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The teams were working to contain the outbreaks, he said.
"It has been very difficult," Reade told KTLA. "Those winds can push an ember miles ahead of the fire, creating their own fire."
15 the structures have been destroyed, and another 15 were damaged. About 2,500 remained under threat on Thursday, firefighters said.
In addition to strong winds that could reach 70 mph, dry weather, poor access and rough and rugged terrain were creating difficulties for firefighters, authorities said. Wind gusts were expected to continue through Sunday creating uncertainty about when residents would be allowed to return to their homes.
Meanwhile, the wildfire index stood at 296, the highest possible rating, according to Los Angeles City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
"We are not finished, we are in the middle of this event," Terrazas said at a press conference on Thursday morning.
Two firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department were injured in the fight against the fire – one in a bulldozer rollover and the other by the explosion of a propane tank. Both were doing well, said Terrazas.
Here you can find a map of the areas and shelters currently evacuated.
The Los Angeles Unified School District also closed 265 schools throughout the region, most in the San Fernando Valley. More information can be found here. The schools will remain closed on Friday, Garcetti said, adding that Los Angeles libraries will be open where board games and activities will be available for children.
Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday at Byrd Middle School in Sun Valley and Reseda High School.
Information may also be obtained through the Incident Creek Information Line at 626-574-5208.
Cindy Von Quednow from KTLA contributed to this story.