A brush fire has erupted near Sylmar

Several People Are Reportedly Trapped After as 1000-Acre Brush Fire Scorches Angeles National Forest

Smoke rises from the Creek fire in Sylmar on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Hundreds of US firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California. It is a bypass auxiliary route of Interstate 5, running along the southern and western parts of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine in the south to near San Fernando in the north.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared the county a disaster area due to the out-of-control blazes.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the blaze, which started before 5 a.m, quickly spread to about 50 acres. The fire consumed 4,000 acres by 8:30 a.m. and blanketed 11,000 acres with zero containment by early afternoon.

Charred earth smolders along Little Tujunga Canyon road Wednesday morning after the Creek fire burned through the area Tuesday. But as of Tuesday night, at least 30 homes had been destroyed, about 20 of them in the Little Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon areas. Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in some surrounding areas.

An estimated 800 firefighters were on the lines battling the blaze, which was being pushed by sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, along with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

"It's been years since anything here has burned at all", Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Cody Weireter told The Times.

"This has only just begun", he said Tuesday.

Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar was closed today. No injuries were reported.

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Sarah Ashton, left, gets a hug from family friend Robert Rex while Ashton, her sister, Tara Asciutto, and their dad Stephen Ashton got a first look at their family home and vineyard after the Nuns Fire destroyed the property in Glen Ellen, Calif. The area from Sayre Street to the 5 and 14 freeways split was under voluntary evacuation, according to L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.

- Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth.

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday.

More than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used, the newspaper said.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

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