More than 100 structures destroyed in Creek fire

More than 100 structures destroyed in Creek fire

More than 100 structures destroyed in Creek fire

Although they expect violent wind gusts, crews battling the Creek Fire in the hills above Sylmar will try to gain momentum Thursday against a wind-driven blaze that has destroyed or damaged 30 homes and threatened thousands of others.

The Creek fire has burned more than 15,000 acres and is 40 percent contained.

Since the harvest was completed two months ago and the vines are dormant, future production shouldn't be affected by smoke from the fire, Rich said. The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel- Air Fire of 1961.

According to local media, about 200,000 people have been forced evacuate by the wildfires around Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

"We need the roads to be clear in case there's a fire (so) our fire engines can gain access to put out that fire", Terrazas said.

"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the auto'". Los Angeles police said as of 8 p.m., residents in portions of the Skirball Fire evacuation area were allowed to return home. Strong Santa Ana winds are pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures.

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Twenty-nine horses have burned to death in one of the fires raging in Southern California this week. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them. "In my experience vineyards can act as a firebreak so that may have helped us". Sixteen schools in Local District West and several Valley and westside independent charter schools will also remain closed, for a total of 265 schools.

Many schools have also been closed. UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles Valley College and Santa Monica College all canceled classes Thursday. A smaller fire in San Bernardino is entirely contained, according to ABC News. It was the first among the recent fires, beginning the night of December 4 as a brushfire.

As of Friday morning, only the 210's Osborne Street offramp remained closed, the CHP said. City officials confirmed some streets were open to residents only in Bel Terrace, Roscomare Road, all roads between Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Road and North Casiano Road from Mulholland Drive.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Thursday afternoon for most of the Creek Fire-affected area, with the exception of parts of the Shadow Hills and Riverwood neighborhoods, as well as the Limekiln Canyon area.

The horse was escaping the fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles when it fell into the crevice.

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.

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