Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

The fires have destroyed homes and continue to threaten thousands of homes raising the demand for evacuation for more than a thousand residents. Although numerous homes were charred on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing hot spots that flared up on Thursday morning.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Lopez Canyon, Kagel Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cabrera said. A full list of closed schools was available at

Fires scorch Sylmar and Ventura County

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, an estimated 11,377 acres had burned and 2,500 structures were threatened, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which was fighting the fire in a unified command with the Los Angeles city and county fire departments. He said the usual threshold for extreme fire conditions is 165.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

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But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

The fire has spread across 12,605 acres, or almost 20 square miles, since breaking out early Tuesday morning in the area of Kagel Canyon Road, north of Lake View Terrace.

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Most of the roughly 400 wild and exotic animals at the sanctuary were evacuated in recent days for their safety. A second center is available to evacuees at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Street. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals.

An evacuation area for large animals was established at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave.; and at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, but the latter was filled to capacity by mid-morning.

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