Sylmar, Kagel Canyon Wildfire Continues To Grow

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And by about 7 a.m., mandatory evacuations had been ordered in Little Tujunga Canyon, Kagel Canyon, and Lopez Canyon, according to the sheriff's department.

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. The fire is approximately 4000 acres.

(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Dead horses lie in stalls at Rancho Padilla where 29 horses and numerous other animals were killed in the Creek Fire on December 6, 2017 near Sylmar, California. Located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, that fire spread from 500 acres Monday night to 50,000 acres the following morning.

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The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 a.m.in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in the battle.

At a late-morning news conference, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said his agency - "for the first time ever" - will deploy drones to help coordinate the battle against the two wildfires that are burning in the city. The Santa Ana winds in California this week were described as the season's "strongest and longest", spreading fires rapidly and making firefighting conditions even more hard.

The 210 Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway.

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But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said.

The map also pinpoints evacuation centers. The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

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