More Than 100 Buildings Destroyed by Creek Fire; Blaze Reaches 80% Containment

More Than 100 Buildings Destroyed by Creek Fire; Blaze Reaches 80% Containment

It is 10 percent contained. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County remains the largest of the current blazes, having spread as far as the Pacific coast, with satellite images showing large areas of scorched earth.

The hillside fire ignited Wednesday morning and has covered about 475 acres.

And Terrazas said any donations to the fire department can be made at www.supportLAFD.org.

According to the Associated Press, 25 racing horses valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars each died when eight barns at the San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall were engulfed in flames on Thursday.

The horse was escaping the fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles when it fell into the crevice. The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

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As the fire burned on Tuesday, the 210 Freeway was closed in both directions between the 5 Freeway and the 2 Freeway, but it was reopened by Wednesday afternoon, though some freeway ramps remained closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"Obviously, this is a fire that is burning much less intensely", Garcetti said this afternoon, while warning that conditions remain unpredictable with strong winds expected through the weekend.

Simultaneously, other wildfires are blazing in different parts of the Southland including the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County, the 11,000-acre Creek fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace and the 7,000-acre Rye fire in Santa Clarita area, ABC7 reported.

The Creek fire has burned more than 15,000 acres and is 40 percent contained. The family that built the ranch more than 20 years ago was forced to flee the property when a fire crew arrived the morning of December 5. 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. About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders and units would remain on duty, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. One firefighter was reported injured.

According to local media, about 200,000 people have been forced evacuate by the wildfires around Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

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