Creek fire burns 2,500 acres in Kagel Canyon above Sylmar, threatening homes – Orange County Register

SYLMAR — An early-morning second-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar today charred more than 2,500 acres and is threatening homes, prompting mandatory evacuations.

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 a.m. in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in the battle.

No injuries have been reported. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet that the Creek Fire has claimed at least 20 structures on the county side of the fire. An Emergency Operations Center has been activated at Level 2, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers were beginning evacuations in the 12300 block of Little Tujunga Road down to Foothill Boulevard, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

The Little Tujunga, Kagel, and Lopez canyons are under mandatory evacuation, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Road closures are in effect at Little Tujunga Canyon Road between Foothill Boulevard and Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads, Kagel Canyon Road, Lopez Canyon Road, Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street.

An evacuation center was set up at the Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave. and the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A large animal evacuation center has been set up at Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue, while another has been set up at Hansen Dam, according to fire officials and Garcetti.

Small-animal evacuation centers have been set up at the West Valley Animal Shelter at 20655 Plummer St. and the East Valley Animal Shelter at 14409 Vanowen St.

Classes are canceled today at Los Angeles Mission College due to the mandatory evacuations, officials said.

 

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