Firefighters Battling 'Hurricane-Force' Winds in Creek Fire

Creek Fire burns 1,000 acres in L.A. foothills Evacuation orders in place

Creek Fire burns 1,000 acres in L.A. foothills Evacuation orders in place

In Los Angeles, the Burning index rating, a daily reading of fire danger, is now at 296, according to fire officials, a record.

The fire has burned 476 acres and is 30 percent contained, though more than 700 homes remain evacuated in a three-mile area.

The largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, has burned 132,000 acres in Ventura County and destroyed 150 structures, including homes, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 1,700 firefighters and other personnel were deployed today against the blaze, which was 20 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Red-flag parking restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. Friday.

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, but 2,500 structures remain under threat, the fire department said. Hundreds of fire fighters have been working very hard to minimize damage to property and evacuations are taking place in many places in south California, said authorities. The blaze was accompanied by Santa Ana winds of 25 miles per hour.

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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.

"This is the start a multiple-day weather event so we're not through this yet", Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at a briefing. Fire officials said a firefighter was injured when the bulldozer he was operating overturned in an attempt to try to cut fire lines on the steep hillsides.

UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles Valley College and Santa Monica College canceled classes Thursday.

More than 60 horses were at the ranch when the brush fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon, and almost half were killed. Traffic has been diverted to exit on Santa Monica Boulevard. A full list of closed schools was available at lausd.net. It's scale runs from 0 to 165, the latter number indicating "extreme conditions". More than 5,000 firefighters have been deployed to combat all of these fires.

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A dozen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees, including those with pets.

"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the vehicle'".

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.

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