Creek Fire Burns 2500 Acres in Sylmar Area; Evacuation Orders in Place

An example of firefighters at work

An example of firefighters at work

Workers at the Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar were set Thursday to bring back some of their exotic and wild animals they evacuated in recent days because of the Creek fire back to their animal sanctuary. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

The fire has torn through the city of Ventura and has destroyed 120 buildings.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.

Strong dry Santa Ana Winds swooped throughout Los Angeles last night, starting a mountain wildfire that forced local residents, restaurants and bars to evacuate. The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

Several schools were shut down through Thursday, as well.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the battle was likely to continue until at least Friday.

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The LAFD's "brush burning index" that rates the fire danger was at 296 - "the highest number I've ever seen in my career", according to Terrazas.

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The fire has burned 12,605 acres and was 10 percent contained.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

Evacuations were also issued for Arroyo Street north of the 210 Freeway and areas of Maclay, Pocoima Wash west of Sayre Street and Eldridge, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart stated in an update.

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