Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted

Cindy Speir watches for flames near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
Cindy Speir watches for flames near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
Andrew Cullen for KPCC

Updated 7:23 p.m.

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The Creek Fire has grown slightly to 15,619 acres, but containment has jumped from 40 percent to 70 percent, according to Cal Fire. 

The fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, threatened 2,500 structures. Fifty-six homes have been destroyed and 45 have been damaged by the fire, according to Cal Fire. At least 49 other structures have been destroyed and at least 25 have been damaged. 

The White House approved California's request for federal assistance to help with wildfire response in Southern California. It comes in response to a request from Gov. Brown sent Thursday, along with emergency proclamations by Brown for several counties.

"California is grateful for the quick approval of our request and the ongoing efforts of local, state and federal emergency responders to protect communities across Southern California," Brown said in a written statement.

There have been two reported injuries.

City officials created an interactive map with evacuation, shelter, and school closure information for the Skirball and Creek fires.

KPCC created a map of the fire boundaries, evacuation centers, animal shelters, and evacuation zones:

The Angeles National Forest has put fire restrictions in place within the forest and placed the fire danger level at extreme. Visitors to the forest are not allowed to light campfires or grill.

Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno visited with Creek Fire first responders.

Jay Leno


All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted as of Friday night. Most mandatory evacuations were lifted Thursday night. 

There are still two evacuation centers accepting evacuees and pets, if they are with their owners:

The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (2551 W. Avenue H in Lancaster) is accepting large animals and horses, as is the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center (11798 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar). 

The West Valley Animal Shelter (20655 Plummer St), the East Valley Animal Shelter (14409 Vanowen St.), and the Hansen Damn Equestrian Center are accepting small animals. 


We created a list of Los Angeles area schools that were closed Thursday and will remain closed on Friday. 


The district will also provide meals for students who need them on Friday and Saturday, between 11:30 and 3 p.m.


Those meals will be available at the following schools, according to LAUSD:


All road closures have been lifted except Santiago Estates and Little Tujunga from Middle Ranch to Live Oak Campground, which is open to residents only, according to the latest Cal Fire incident update.


KPCC journalists are covering the fires burning across Southern California and are working hard to answer community members' questions. Let us know what you need to know below.


This is a developing story.