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Horses owners scramble to move animals away from Creek Fire

Horses owners scramble to move animals away from Creek Fire”

The fire, which has scorched 12,605 acres, broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in the Kagel Canyon area. The other 10 homes were within Los Angeles city limits, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. That is double the containment figure from Wednesday.

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. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning. The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

About 2,500 homes are still under threat and about 900 firefighters are battling the blaze, said Los Angeles County fire inspector Gustavo Medina.

Los Angeles Fire Department 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. A map of now evacuated areas and shelters can be found here.

Several exits along the 210 Freeway leading into Sylmar, Pacoima, Shadow Hills and Sunland are closed, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fire has spread across 12,605 acres, or almost 20 square miles, since breaking out early Tuesday morning in the area of Kagel Canyon Road, north of Lake View Terrace.

Evacuation centers were opened at the Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave. and at the Branford Recreation Center at 13306 Branford St.in Arleta.

An evacuation area for large animals was established at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave.; and at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, but the latter was filled to capacity by mid-morning. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.



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