Thirty homes burn, 100000 flee out-of-control 11000-acre Creek Fire

Casey Dawson
December 7, 2017

In Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, a wildfire has burned more than 101 square miles and endangers 12,000 structures, reported The Associated Press.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed hundreds of firefighters and called in helicopters and airplanes. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed. "This is only the second strike team that we will have sent out in 10-years, the first one we went on was the north bay fires which were very devastating".

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in an exclusive ridge-top neighbourhood in Los Angeles as a unsafe new wildfire burns in Southern California.

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.

It was not immediately clear how many people were affected by the evacuation order in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard.

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The acclaimed Getty arts institution - home to masterpieces including "The Spring" by Edouard Manet - was closed until at least Thursday, with museum authorities tweeting that "air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

'We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground, ' said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department.

"If you stay in your homes, you cause our resources to be diverted to take care of you, and you are part of the problem", he said.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.

The campus, which houses collections ranging from pre-20th century European paintings to Roman and Greek antiquities, tapestries, photographs and manuscripts, sits on the west side of Sepulveda Pass, a major thoroughfare on the city's west side. All other Sylmar-area schools will remain open. The fire is not contained in the slightest.

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