Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County


Firefighters are making some gains as they continue to douse the Creek Fire, which scorched thousands of acres in the Sunland-Tujunga and Sylmar areas. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

The blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

At least 30 structures have been destroyed - including 20 in the Kagel Canyon area and 10 in the city of Los Angeles - and another 2,500 remained under threat Thursday, fire officials said. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them. Information on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses can be found here. Eater learned of a few restaurant closures in the area, including the Hideaway Bar and Grill in Sylmar, which is directly in the fire's perimeter.

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 Rye Fire started at about 9:30am Tuesday and has burned through 5,000 acres.

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

As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway on Tuesday, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

Evacuation centers are open at the Sylmar Recreation Center, located at 13109 Borden Avenue.

An evacuation area for large animals was established at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave.; and at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, but the latter was filled to capacity by mid-morning. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire expanded toward that area.