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11000-acre Creek fire prompts mandatory evacuations from La Crescenta to Sylmar

06 December 2017

The Federal Management Agency has allowed the Fire Management Assistance Grants to aid in the management of the Creek and Rye fires.

A 1,000-acre fire blazed through the Angeles National Forest Tuesday, Dec.5, trapping several people in Sylmar, and forcing mandatory evacuations, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The Thomas, Creek, and Rye Fires are wreaking havoc in Southern California, as authorities and firefighters scramble to contain the rapidly moving blazes. As of 12:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department estimated the fire had burned about 11,000 acres.

No injuries had been reported. An Emergency Operations Center has been activated at Level 2, he said.

Evacuation orders were in place, but no specific boundaries were immediately given, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

Road closures are in effect at Little Tujunga Canyon Road between Foothill Boulevard and Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads, Kagel Canyon Road, Lopez Canyon Road, Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency for the city in response to the Creek Fire late Tuesday.

Terrified horses and larger animals frightened by the roaring Creek Fire in Sylmar were herded to safety at an evacuation center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills Tuesday, but the facility was soon packed to capacity.

11000-acre Creek fire prompts mandatory evacuations from La Crescenta to Sylmar