Thirty homes burn, 100000 flee out-of-control 11000-acre Creek Fire

Oscar Cross
December 7, 2017

Real estate agents of the wealthy Los Angeles Bel-Air neighborhood were watching homes and blocks of streets they know well go up in flames from their living room TVs this morning.

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in the battle.

As of 8:35 am Wednesday, the fire had grown to 11,377 acres per CALFIRE.

Evacuations were also issued for Arroyo Street north of the 210 Freeway and areas of Maclay, Pocoima Wash west of Sayre Street and Eldridge, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart stated in an update. The media mogul purchased the estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, wildfires continue to ravage Ventura County: "The blaze has consumed 50,500 acres on its journey to the ocean". Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. Roughly 30 structures have been destroyed, 20 in the Kagel Canyon area and 10 in the city of Los Angeles, L.A. fire officials said. Most of the evacuated homes were in that 15-mile corridor.

Two firefighters were injured, officials said. More than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were deployed to the scene, supported by helicopters that were making water drops, said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. Homes in the Santiago Estates development in Sylmar were visibly burned. Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity.

The weather conditions were impeding efforts to contain and extinguish the out-of-control blaze, as strong, gusty winds fueled the "extreme" fire behavior, according to the inciweb incident information website.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait". At most shelters, pets are allowed to stay with their owner or owners.

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