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1923 - Newhall Chamber of Commerce petitions state to pave Spruce Street (now Main); it happens three years later [story]
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CalFire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department updated residents on the status of the Rye Fire and Creek Fire, as well as evacuation locations and road closures as of Friday at 6 p.m.

County and local firefighters, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, along with other police agencies, county departments, organizations, and volunteers continue to work toward containing the fires and returning residents to their homes.

#RyeFire
Per the L.A. County Fire public information officer’s update at 6 p.m. Friday, the Rye Fire stands at 6,049 acres burned and is 50 percent contained. Full containment is expected by December 15.

Favorable conditions helped firefighters make considerable progress Friday. Overnight, crews will continue to strengthen perimeter lines and mop up the fire.

Strong winds continue to test fire lines. Critical Red Flag conditions will persist over most of Los Angeles. Residents throughout Southern California are reminded to stay alert and ready due to the extreme fire risk.

One firefighter was injured during the suppression efforts and was airlifted to a local burn center for treatment.

One structure has been destroyed, but none damaged. However, 5,460 structures are still threatened.

SCV Sheriff Station Capt. Robert Lewis and team in the mobile command center

SCV Sheriff Station Capt. Robert Lewis (center right) and team in the L.A. County mobile command center.

The county fire department has 69 engines, seven water tenders, two helicopters, two bulldozers, and 24 hand crews on the scene. A total of 813 people are battling the Rye Fire.

There are no evacuations or road closures in effect.

The Rye Fire broke out in Valencia at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday, and the cause remains under investigation.

Rye Fire map as of 6 a.m. Friday, 12-08-17.

Rye Fire map as of 6 a.m. Friday, 12-08-17.

#CreekFire
Per the CalFire information update at 6 p.m. Friday, approximately 15,619 acres have burned with a 70 percent containment. Full containment is predicted by December 11.

The Creek Fire started four miles east of Sylmar on Tuesday at 3:44 a.m., according to CalFire.

Approximately 2,500 structures are threatened, 56 residences have been destroyed and another 45 damaged, and 49 structures have been destroyed and 25 other structures damaged. Damage assessment teams continue to survey the affected structures.

Emergency and utility crews continue to work in areas affected by the fire. Please use caution when driving in and around the area.

There are 207 engines, 14 water tenders, six helicopters, 51 hand crews, 14 bulldozers and a total of 1,964 people now fighting the Creek Fire.

Wind is expected to drop below critical level Friday night.

The Angeles National Forest has elevated its fire danger level to EXTREME. Fire restrictions are now in effect throughout the forest to include no campfires, open flame, BBQs or grilling. Further restrictions could include restricted use of recreation areas.

More updates from ANF are available [here].

Officials ask that residents in the affected areas remain vigilant and ensure they are prepared for evacuations in the event they become necessary.

No evacuations are needed at this time.

If evacuations become necessary, residents are reminded to be prepared.

Please prepare a bag that contains:
* Your identification
* Your Medications
* Any important documents you might have or need (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.)
* Any emergency supplies you need
* A change of clothes and toiletries (you might be away from your residence for a prolonged period of time).

Shelter Locations (residents only):
If residents are asked to evacuate, they can seek shelter at three locations:

SYLMAR RECREATION CENTER
818-367-5656
13109 Borden Ave.
Los Angeles 91342
Accepting evacuees and pets with owner

BRANFORD RECREATION CENTER
818-893-4923
13306 Branford St.
Arleta 91331
Accepting evacuees and pets with owner

VAN NUYS SHERMAN OAKS RECREATION CENTER
818-783-5121
14201 Huston St.
Sherman Oaks 91423
Accepting evacuees and pets with owner

Animal Shelter Locations:
If you have small pets, please be prepared to take them to:

* WEST VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER
20655 Plummer St. Los Angeles 91311
881-452-7381
Small animal shelter only.

* EAST VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER
14409 Vanowen St.
Los Angeles 91405
888-452-7381
Small animal shelter only.

The county Department of Animal Care and Control has temperature controlled trailers at the location for pets.

Large animals and livestock can be taken to:

* ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIRGROUNDS
2551 W. Avenue H
Lancaster 93536
661-948-6060
Animal shelter only: Accepting large animals, including horses.

* HANSEN DAM EQUESTRIAN CENTER
11798 Foothill Blvd
Sylmar91342
Accepting large and small animals

Road Closures
1. Limekiln Canyon remains closed at Gavina Ave. at Tibbetts St. and Harding St. at Maclay St.
2. Little Tujunga from mile marker 19.5 to Sand Canyon at Placerita Canyon also remains closed.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. Friday: Road closure that was at Sand Cyn Rd/Placerita Canyon Rd has moved to Sand Cyn Rd / Live Oak Campground. It will be a hard closure until 5 p.m. and after 5 p.m., a soft closure where residents will be allowed with ID.

The following roads are OPEN TO RESIDENTS ONLY:
This will be residents with ID only. Deputies will be checking identification to see if people traveling through the area reside in the above-listed areas.
* Lopez Canyon at Paxton St.
* Kagel Canyon at E. West Trail
* Osborne at Little Tujunga
* 12400 Filmore at West Terrace
* 11471 Cassara Ave.
* Gaston Dr. at Kagel Canyon
* Oro Vista Ave. at Big Tujunga, greater Riverwood community
* Joanna at La Canada

You can also call the Fire Information Line for more information at 626-574-5208 or visit www.fire.ca.gov.

Please remain vigilant. Hot, dry and windy conditions are expected for several days. If you see smoke, please dial 9-1-1.

For up to date information and notifications, please follow the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Twitter: @LASDHQ.

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3 Comments

  1. SCV has an awesome fire department. And they know how to use all the resources well. ❤️👍

  2. Thank You firefighters and first responders 👍

  3. Travis Levy says:

    I find it very interesting how we have fires popping up exactly where housing and expansion projects are set to take place. Just like in Plum cyn two decades ago, big fire then BOOM housing pops up.

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Friday, Oct 30, 2020
Melody Ranch Files 2nd Lawsuit Over Placerita Canyon Gate
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