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Firefighters battle Creek fire above Sylmar

Firefighters battle Creek fire above Sylmar

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said the drones will be used "for the first time ever", primarily to conduct property assessment as the agency surveys damage caused by the Creek Fire near Sylmar and the Skirball Fire in the Bel Air and Sepulveda Pass. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Bel Air as the fire approaches homes in the area.

A fast-moving blaze killed almost 30 horses at a ranch in Sylmar as five wildfires burned through more than 83,000 acres in Southern California on Wednesday.

The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds.

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. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate. Gusts of more than 45 miles per hour in the fire areas were picking up embers from the burning hillsides and structures, sending them wafting downwind where they set additional homes on fire.

"This is the start a multiple-day weather event so we're not through this yet", Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at a briefing.

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According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire. The southbound lanes of the 405 freeway were reopened about 9 a.m., but the northbound lanes remained closed. More than 50 public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were also shuttered.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

At least 4,000 firefighters from around the state and 74 aircraft, including dozens of helicopters, were battling flames in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Wednesday.

UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles Valley College and Santa Monica College all canceled classes Thursday.

Few evacuees could be found Wednesday in designated shelters at the Cheviot Hills, Westwood and Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks recreation centers, where Red Cross volunteers had food ready, but no takers.


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