Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Lopez Canyon, Kagel Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cabrera said. City and fire officials are imploring residents to heed evacuation orders.
- An early-morning second-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday charred more than 4,000 acres, damaged at least one home and prompted the evacuation of people and animals.
The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 a.m.in the area of 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 the battle.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet that the Creek Fire has claimed at least 20 structures on the county side of the fire. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said. Tuesday's warnings are scheduled to expire at 6 p.m., but forecasters say Santa Ana winds could persist into Friday or Saturday.
As the fire burned on Tuesday, the Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway and the Glendale (2) Freeway, but the freeway had been reopened by Wednesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The gusty winds also have the potential to bring down trees and power lines, and already brought down several big rig trucks along the 210 Freeway in Fontana. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.
That zones hugs Foothill Boulevard and stretches for approximately 15 miles from Sylmar to Crescenta Highlands. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. Once those shelters reached capacity, pet owners were directed to take their large animals to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Terrazas reminded residents in various hillside areas that red-flag parking restrictions remain in effect.