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Many Remain in Shelters With Creek Fire Near Sylmar 10% Contained

Many Remain in Shelters With Creek Fire Near Sylmar 10% Contained

Sheriff's officials did not provide an update on the number of residents who remained evacuated, but on Thursday about 250,000 people were under evacuation orders. The fire is likely to keep spreading due to strong wind gusts in the area, authorities said, KTLA reported.

Hundreds of firefighters have responded to three massive fires threatening homes, structures and livestock.

The fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, has scorched 2,500 acres since it erupted just north of the 210 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted about 7 a.m.

The Thomas, Creek, and Rye Fires are wreaking havoc in Southern California, as authorities and firefighters scramble to contain the rapidly moving blazes.

At a late-morning news conference, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said his agency - "for the first time ever" - will deploy drones to help coordinate the battle against the two wildfires that are burning in the city.

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Some 400 firefighters and more than 50 fire engines were deployed to the scene of the fire. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

It was unclear exactly how many homes were affected by the evacuation orders. A map of now evacuated areas and shelters can be found here.

Seventeen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, all of which were accepting evacuees and pets.

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.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center at 11127 Orcas Ave.in Sylmar and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.