Creek Fire: Some evacuations lifted as containment increases

Creek Fire: Some evacuations lifted as containment increases

The blaze reached 11,000 acres by early afternoon, according to the LACFD.

That fire, burning in Sepulveda Pass between the San Fernando Valley and L.A. basin, destroyed several homes in one of L.A.'s most exclusive neighborhoods.

In addition to the 45,000-acre Thomas Fire at Ventura, another large fire is burning in Southern California.

The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes so far, and burned up upwards of 12,000 acres. (SCE) said it had crews in the areas around all of the fires attempting to make damage assessments, but the company said they were being hampered by fire conditions in certain areas.

The video below of the Creek Fire was posted by a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter pilot.

Unconfirmed reports raged among residents that horses had been injured or killed by swift-moving flames, but first responders were spread so thin by the erratic wildfire, they had no information to share Tuesday at mid-day.

Authorities reported zero containment on both the Thomas and Creek blazes. About 700 firefighters responded to what was labeled the Creek Fire.

Creek Fire: Some evacuations lifted as containment increases

Mayor @EricGarcetti has declared a local State of Emergency in response to the #CreekFire. "To anyone in the region, it is imperative that you comply with evacuation orders and call 9-1-1 if you need immediate assistance".

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got".

Patricia Padilla, the owner of the ranch, said she agonized over leaving the horses, but the firemen who knocked at her door and told her to evacuate had made it clear that it was a matter of life and death that she and her family leave immediately.

Strong eastern winds pushed the fire toward the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, where about 140,000 people live, county officials said. Eater learned of a few restaurant closures in the area, including the Hideaway Bar and Grill in Sylmar, which is directly in the fire's perimeter. "This is a significant period". 40-50mph gusts expected again Wednesday night.

"The fire growth is just absolutely exponential", Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said. The map does not show the location of the fire.

Power was reported out at one point to more than 250,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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