This map shows mandatory evacuation zone, evacuation centers for Creek Fire

Contra Costa Fire

The fire erupted as hundreds of firefighters are battling the 31,000 acre Thomas Fire near Ventura. More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour. There are reports that it has damaged or destroyed at least 10 homes. "And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" Patricia Padilla told the newspaper. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time but were not able to take their horses with them as they had to evacuate immediately when they were awakened Tuesday morning.

Amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, a brush fire broke out Tuesday in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar and quickly raced across thousands of acres, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and closing a stretch of the Foothill (210) Freeway.

A spokesman for the Wildlife Waystation said he received a voicemail from the sanctuary Thursday morning notifying him that they would begin returning some of their smaller animals, such as monkeys and birds of prey, earlier in the day. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

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Mandatory evacuations were in place Thursday for the areas north of the 210 Freeway, from Glenoaks Boulevard to Haines Canyon Avenue, as well as south of the 210 Freeway, west of Sunland Boulevard and Stonehurst Avenue, and north of La Tuna Canyon Road.

Most of the roughly 400 wild and exotic animals at the sanctuary were evacuated in recent days for their safety. Hansen Dam Recreation Area was also being used as an evacuation center for large animals.

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