Bars and Restaurants Close as Creek Fire Rages Across North LA


The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 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.

Gov. Jerry Brown late Tuesday issued an emergency proclamation for LA County due to the effects of the Creek and Rye Fires that all day Wednesday continued to threaten infrastructure, destroy homes and prompt evacuations.

The first fire, named the Thomas Fire, started Monday evening north of Santa Paula, California, growing rapidly overnight and reaching the city of Ventura.

On Tuesday, two risky fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

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Oscar Martinez, 37, of Panorama City, said a friend was able to save his two horses - Chikilin and Prieta - after the fire erupted at Rancho Padilla, where the equines were staying. The Creek Fire raged through the Lake View Terrace/Sylmar neighborhoods, prompting closures at local restaurants. The Santa Ana condition is expected to continue at least through Thursday.

The National Weather Service says that winds are likely to pick up throughout Southern California's coastal and mountain areas and remain unsafe through at least Friday. At least 15 structures were destroyed and 15 others were damaged in the blaze.

It was unclear exactly how many homes were affected by the evacuation orders. They were told to immediately leave.

SCE has made the early assessment that given the origin of both the Thomas and Creek Fires, and the continuing performance of the electric utility system, "there is no indication that the company' facilities were a source of these fires". The map does not show the location of the fire.

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All public schools in Ventura and several neighboring districts will be closed on Tuesday.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newest fires come at the end of what has already been the most destructive fire season in California history in terms of property loss.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", said Governor Brown.

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