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Creek fire near Sylmar grows to 11,377 acres, still at zero percent containment

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Wes Woods Smoke rises from the Creek fire in Sylmar on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Creek fire that exploded above Sylmar early Tuesday had grown slightly to 11,377 with zero percent containment, a CalFire spokesman said Wednesday morning.

The blaze in the Kagel Canyon area had scorched about 11,000 acres as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Firefighters were able to get out there, walk the fire line, (and) start doing more line construction,” CalFire spokesman Richard Cordova said at the Command Post at Hansen Dam. “In the beginning stages of these wind event fires, their main focus is on life safety, on homes and getting people evacuated.”

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The fire has left two firefighters with minor injuries, burned dozens of homes and affected more than 100,000 people living in the evacuation zone. There has been no loss of life, officials said.

Firefighters were taking advantage of “calmer” winds Wednesday morning before they were expected to pick again throughout the day.

“It’s giving firefighters an edge to get out there and start building a construction line” around the fire, Cordova said.

While the fire was zero percent contained as of this morning, Cordova said the containment level was expected to increase today.

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“We don’t put containment in unless we’re really sure we can walk away from that area and feel safe the fire won’t spread,” he said.

He added that several evacuation centers remained open this morning with about 1,000 people at those centers.

Dozens of schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley were closed today as a result of the fire.

For the most up-to-date information on school closures, go to www.lausd.net.

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