Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

The fire started near a creek and is threatening homes along the 210 freeway. Unusually heavy Santa Ana winds have created extremely hazardous conditions that are causing fires to grow at an extremely fast rate.

Officials were checking on several reports of people being trapped as a result of the fire, but those have not been confirmed, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Stafford said.

The fire erupted as hundreds of firefighters are battling the 31,000 acre Thomas Fire near Ventura.

Fire crews were continuing to struggle with strong winds up to 70 miles per hour, poor access and steep, rugged terrain, CalFire said.

At least 30 homes were destroyed, about 20 of them in the Little Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon areas. "And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" Patricia Padilla told the newspaper. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

According to Curbed LA, the fire prompted mandatory evacuations throughout the area.

As of early afternoon, the fire had scorched an estimated 11,000 acres.

The map also pinpoints evacuation centers.

Horses and other large animals can be brought to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center at 11127 Orcas Ave.in Sylmar and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H, in Lancaster. The Pomona Fairplex and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster also opened stables for evacuated animals. The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, prompting the closures of 14 campuses in the fire area today.

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