Almost 30 horses burned by California wildfire

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The Creek Fire was reported as a 1,000-acre brush fire at 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga by the Angeles National Forest. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said some homes had suffered fire damage, but there was no immediate number on how many homes were affected.

Padilla's family owns more than 60 horses and said they will count how many of their equines survived the fire as soon as they are given the opportunity to do so.

The Padilla family, who has lived on a hill near Little Tujunga Canyon Road in Sylmar for 20 years, surveyed their charred property Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We realize what an inconvenience this is and how traumatic this is to so many people, but we've watched fires in Northern California, we've seen through experience it's much better to err on the side of safety", Garcetti said at a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.

Several schools were shut down through Thursday, as well. Los Angeles County fire officials said the blaze, which was estimated to have burned 12,605 acres, was at 10 percent containment Thursday morning.

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

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed. A map of now evacuated areas and shelters can be found here. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said. Approximately 120,000 people were impacted by evacuation orders due to the blaze, which ignited Tuesday in Kagel Canyon near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

Seventeen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees and pets. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals.

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. Once those shelters reached capacity, pet owners were directed to take their large animals to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

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