Creek Fire above Sylmar destroys or damages 30 homes

Creek Fire burns 1,000 acres in L.A. foothills Evacuation orders in place

Wind gusts are expected to reach 80 miles per hour in some spots, with humidity under 10%.

The most dynamic brush fire, dubbed the Thomas Fire, broke out Monday evening in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County, has burned overnight into the city boundary.

She said that she would evacuate in accordance with the latest development of the blaze and the change of wind direction because her house is at the foot of the hill and vegetation is exiguous around.

Terrazas reminded residents in various hillside areas that red-flag parking restrictions remain in effect.

About 700 homes and an apartment building were evacuated Wednesday. Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday affected about 150,000 households citywide, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti who said "thousands upon thousands of homes" had been protected over the past few days.

Thursday afternoon, Garcetti announced that evacuation orders would be lifted at 8 p.m. for residents on the north side of Casiano Road off Mulholland Drive, Roscomare Road - with the exception of Roscomare at Linda Flora Drive - and streets between Bellagio and Sunset Boulevard.

"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the vehicle'".

Officials said the expect containment to be achieved by Monday, Dec. 11, but Santa Ana winds that would continue to blow forcefully through Sunday could create further complications.

The Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center, both on the west side of the freeway, did not appear to be threatened, though both remained closed Thursday.

The Getty Museum, which is also at risk, said it would remain closed on Thursday.

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools Wednesday and Thursday.

Authorities reported Thursday that they had made some progress in containing the fires, which include the Skirball fire in west Los Angeles near the 405 Freeway, and the Creek fire near Sylmar, in the San Fernando Valley. A full list of closed schools is available at www.lausd.net. It was unclear if those campuses would reopen on Friday.

An estimated 2,500 structures were threatened by the Creek Fire at one point, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which was fighting the blaze in a unified command with the Los Angeles city and county fire departments. The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel- Air Fire of 1961.

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