Monday, 11 December, 2017

Thirty homes burn, 100000 flee out-of-control 11000-acre Creek Fire

Several People Are Reportedly Trapped After as 1000-Acre Brush Fire Scorches Angeles National Forest Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 23:40

Sarah Ashton, left, gets a hug from family friend Robert Rex while Ashton, her sister, Tara Asciutto, and their dad Stephen Ashton got a first look at their family home and vineyard after the Nuns Fire destroyed the property in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The blaze, named the Skirball Fire, erupted just before dawn Wednesday on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass through the Santa Monica Mountains, endangering multimillion dollar homes on the ridge tops as well as the world-renowned Getty Center art complex, which remained closed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Firefighters battle the Creek fire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at a home on Kagel Canyon Road. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, the Creek Fire, which broke out near Sylmar and Lakeview Terrace in Los Angeles - was estimated to have grown to at least 11,377 acres. Areas north of the 210 Freeway between Little Tujunga and Sayre Street were under mandatory evacuation.

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

A LA County helicopter makes a water drop on a fully involved home on Hillrose street in Sunland at the Creek fire Tuesday.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at Hansen Dam.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.

Garcetti has warned those with asthma or other health conditions to stay indoors as the smoke from the fires has caused poor air quality.

I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States.