Sylmar Fire Forces Hundreds To Evacuate, Shuts Down 210 Freeway


A brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar, charred more than 11,000 acres, destroyed about 30 homes and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from their homes, raged on for a second day Wednesday even though air crews made overnight water drops in a bid to douse the flames. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning.

"I applaud the Governor's decision to declare an emergency in Ventura County and urge him in the strongest possible manner to declare one in Los Angeles County." said Rep. Knight "Emergency resources and personnel are needed in order to stop these fires as soon as possible and ensure the safety of our community". The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

The fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, has scorched 2,500 acres since it erupted just north of the 210 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted about 7 a.m. He said the usual threshold for extreme fire conditions is 165. The eastbound 210 Freeway exits at Osborne Avenue, Wheatland Avenue, Sunland Boulevard, and La Tuna Canyon Road are also closed. 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.

It's likely that Tacos de Los Primos will not open in their regular location today, as residents were evacuated from the same area as the taco stand sets up shop.

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. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals.

"Injured horses at our sheltering sites are improving and veterinarian care has been provided and will continue throughout this event", officials said.