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06 December 2017, 11:41 | Erica Roy
Creek Fire burns 1,000 acres in L.A. foothills Evacuation orders in place
Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, had the devastating loss of at least 30 horses to the 11,000-acre blaze dubbed the Creek Fire.
A wildfire that started early Wednesday morning near the Getty Center and Sepulveda Pass has forced the closure of all lanes of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, one of the busiest highways in the state.
No fatalities were reported but three firefighters were injured Tuesday in their battle against the Creek Fire, which was zero percent contained Tuesday night. Those in the area were ordered by the Los Angeles Fire Department to evacuate.
The Creek Fire was reported as a 1,000-acre brush fire at 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga by the Angeles National Forest. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.
UPDATE (9:00 am) SB Lanes of 405 from 101 to 10 now open.
But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had been enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area.
The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wildfires burning in Southern California.
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.
- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.
Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.
About 125 firefighters and two helicopters were at the scene battling the blaze, Stewart said. More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour. Authorities temporarily closed the freeway, leaving many unable to get to their jobs. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".
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