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Creek Fire Chars Nearly 11400 Acres in Sylmar

Creek Fire Chars Nearly 11400 Acres in Sylmar

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.

Fueled by high winds, the blaze dubbed the Creek fire was reported at 3:42 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in battling the flames.

The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Kagel Canyon and some other nearby areas. Mass evacuations were underway in the canyon areas.

Besides burning down at least 150 structures, the Thomas fire in Ventura County has consumed 65,000 acres.

Herjit Sing sheds a tear after being evacuated from his home on La Tiera Way during the Creek fire on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. As of 5:40 a.m., zero percent of the blaze has been contained.

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But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had been enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time but were not able to take their horses with them as they had to evacuate immediately when they were awakened Tuesday morning.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave.in Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St.in Sunland.

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.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warned that given the Santa Ana winds that are expected to continue through the week, fire and law enforcement officials will be stretched to the limit.

Twenty- one charter schools in the area also will be closed today.

Standing in front of 80-year-old mom's house and waiting it out, despite the evacuation, Marcus Pappas, who works in medical device sales, was on hand to organize mom's stuff, and stay on patrol, until the last minute.