Share this article: This horse was evacuated from an earlier Southern California wildfire, not the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
The emergency declaration allows for state firefighting assistance to local governments and suspends rules that might hinder recovery efforts after the fires are put out.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an investigation into whether firefighters responded appropriately to the devastating Canyon Fire 2 wildfire that destroyed 25 buildings, 15 of them homes. Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in Venura County in response to the Thomas Fire. An Emergency Operations Center has been activated at Level 2, he said.
A 1,000-acre fire blazed through the Angeles National Forest Tuesday, Dec.5, trapping several people in Sylmar, and forcing mandatory evacuations, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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Sheriff's deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers were beginning evacuations in the 12300 block of Little Tujunga Road down to Foothill Boulevard, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
A large animal evacuation center has been set up at Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue, while another has been set up at Hansen Dam, according to fire officials and Garcetti.
More than 50 miles away, officials from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District said that even though classes are in session, students are being kept indoors due to smoky conditions.