Sylmar Fire Forces Hundreds To Evacuate, Shuts Down 210 Freeway

An image shows the scene on the morning commute for drivers in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Lopez Canyon, Kagel Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cabrera said. The fire is likely to keep spreading due to strong wind gusts in the area, authorities said, KTLA reported.

The Rye Fire started at about 9:30am Tuesday and has burned through 5,000 acres.

Firefighters are making some gains as they continue to douse the Creek Fire, which scorched thousands of acres in the Sunland-Tujunga and Sylmar areas.

The fire is occurring while fighters across Southern California are battling a blaze in Ventura County.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday evacuation orders were affecting about 150,000 residents, but a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman put the number at around 120,000.

Three firefighters suffered what were considered to be minor injuries Tuesday.

Some 400 firefighters and more than 50 fire engines were deployed to the scene of the fire.

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

That zones hugs Foothill Boulevard and stretches for approximately 15 miles from Sylmar to Crescenta Highlands. An estimated 2,500 homes had already been evacuated.

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

Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

Evacuation centers were opened at the Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave. and at the Branford Recreation Center at 13306 Branford St.in Arleta. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. A second center is available to evacuees at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Street.

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