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

Map showing the location of the Skirball Fire that started early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Click to enlarge

Map showing the location of the Skirball Fire that started early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Click to enlarge

"And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" Patricia Padilla told the newspaper.

The family who owns Rancho Padillo lives up on a hill by the ranch and awoke to the Creek fire flames at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on the west side of Los Angeles - a total of 265 district schools and charter schools - will be closed Thursday and Friday, district officials said.

Brown Jr. issued a state of emergency in Los Angeles County due to the Creek and Rye fires Tuesday. He said the usual threshold for extreme fire conditions is 165.

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

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

As of early afternoon, the fire had scorched an estimated 11,000 acres.

The fire has spread across 12,605 acres, or almost 20 square miles, since breaking out early Tuesday morning in the area of Kagel Canyon Road, north of Lake View Terrace.

The map also pinpoints evacuation centers.

Numerous animals were being housed at Pierce College and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, which were at capacity Wednesday afternoon and not accepting additional animals. 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. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals.

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