More than 100 structures destroyed in Creek fire

Lynette Rowe
December 10, 2017

Although there was significant destruction from the Creek Fire, both the Los Angeles County blazes paled in size compared to the largest fire (Thomas), which had burned 45,000 acres.

Tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate because of the Creek Fire in the hills above Sylmar were being allowed to return home Thursday night as firefighters continue to make progress against the wind-driven blaze.

As of Thursday morning, the fire had destroyed 15 homes and damaged 15 others, officials said.

The cause of the fires and the difficulty with containing them is attributed to the Santa Ana winds.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported, although the museum is threatened.

"What you'll see today is more resources up there making an aggressive attack, doing everything we can to try to get our arms all the way around it ... to work towards full containment", Hogan said.

Santa Ana winds continued to hamper the firefighting effort, with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour at their peak.

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Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday were affecting about 110,000 households, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Some fire officials said they are battling "hurricane-force" winds.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to the fire.

More than 60 horses were at the ranch when the brush fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon, and almost half were killed.

The nearby University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) cancelled all classes on Thursday, despite the university campus lying outside the evacuation zone on the city's west side. It's scale runs from 0 to 165, the latter number indicating "extreme conditions". Evacuation orders had covered a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east.

A dozen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees, including those with pets. The incident caught the attention of a veterinarian, who tranquilized the horse, and the locals helped break down the structure the horse had fallen between and firemen helped get the horse out of the ditch and to an evacuation center, according to Silva's Fox 11 report.

The Los Angeles Times said Mr Murdoch had paid $28.8m (£21.5m) for the estate four years ago - a sum 12 times the average family home price in Bel-Air of $2.45m.

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