Sylmar Fire Forces Hundreds To Evacuate, Shuts Down 210 Freeway

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(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Dead horses lie in stalls at Rancho Padilla where 29 horses and numerous other animals were killed in the Creek Fire on December 6, 2017 near Sylmar, California. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

Mass evacuations have been issued for residents who live in Little Tujunga Canyon.

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. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning. All other Sylmar-area schools will remain open.

Parents were being asked to take their children directly to San Fernando High, where instruction will take place.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the battle was likely to continue until at least Friday. The fire is burning in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, according to KABC. The LAPD was placed on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. The fire is approximately 4000 acres.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed. Also, an area south of the 210 Freeway was ordered evacuated in the Shadow Hills area, in a roughly triangular area between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Wheatland Avenue to the west. Temporary evacuation centers were set up for residents' safety. 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. A second center is available to evacuees at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Street.

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