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This map shows mandatory evacuation zone, evacuation centers for Creek Fire

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Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 00:53

Almost 40 horses died after being trapped in a barn that caught fire from embers caused by the Creek Fire at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger urged residents in the area with horses and other large animals to consider moving them to alternate shelter even before evacuation orders come through, given how quickly the fire is moving. At least 30 structures were destroyed in the blaze, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who declared a state of emergency in the city of Los Angeles.

Twenty- one charter schools in the area also will be closed today. A full list of closed schools was available at

Amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, a brush fire broke out Tuesday in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar and quickly raced across thousands of acres, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and closing a stretch of the Foothill (210) Freeway.

Parents were being asked to take their children directly to San Fernando High, where instruction will take place.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Sylmar; and Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick Sunland.

It's likely that Tacos de Los Primos will not open in their regular location today, as residents were evacuated from the same area as the taco stand sets up shop.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center at 11127 Orcas Sylmar and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster.

Numerous animals were being housed at Pierce College and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, which were at capacity Wednesday afternoon and not accepting additional animals.