Creek Fire now at 90 percent containment after destroying 60 homes

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Sunday, December 10, 2017
A home destroyed by the Creek Fire is shown in a photo.
A home destroyed by the Creek Fire is shown in a photo.
KABC

SUNLAND, Calif. (KABC) -- The destructive Creek Fire, which charred about 15,619 acres near Sylmar, was 90 percent contained by Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze started around 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, spreading quickly and prompting thousands of evacuations in Kagel Canyon, just northeast of the 210 Freeway. It threatened at least 2,500 structures and burned 60 homes and 63 outbuildings, while damaging 54 homes and 25 outbuildings.

Many ranches and animal wildlife areas were damaged by the fire. At one ranch, more than two dozen horses were killed in a barn fire.

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Virginia Padilla, left, who lost 29 horses at her Padilla Ranch on Little Tujunga Road is comforted by horse trainer Shelby Hope. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

By Friday, all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted, as well as road closures.

Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in Los Angeles due to the blaze. Nearly 1,700 firefighters were deployed to the burn area. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County and was granted access to federal assistance for all of Southern California by President Donald Trump Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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