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Creek Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations 210 Freeway Closure

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.

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.

The Thomas, Creek, and Rye Fires are wreaking havoc in Southern California, as authorities and firefighters scramble to contain the rapidly moving blazes.

The fire began at around 4:00 a.m. local time, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Deputy David Richardson said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Three firefighters suffered what were considered to be minor injuries Tuesday. Nearly 1,700 firefighters and other personnel were deployed Thursday against the fire, which was 10 percent contained.

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The fire has torn through the city of Ventura and has destroyed 120 buildings. 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.

But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area.

It was unclear exactly how many homes were affected by the evacuation orders.

Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

Seventeen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees and pets. Those centers are the Sylmar Recreation Center and the Sunland Senior Citizen Center.

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