Creek Fire Containment Up to 40 Percent

Creek Fire Containment Up to 40 Percent

Creek Fire Containment Up to 40 Percent

In Ventura County, a woman's body was found in the wake of a fire in Ojai, marking the first confirmed fatality in the Thomas fire, which has burned across almost 100,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Creek fire has burned more than 15,000 acres and is 40 percent contained.

Nearby, the Rye Fire in the city of Valencia has burned approximately 6,000 acres and is 35 percent contained, CalFire said. One firefighter suffered neck burns and was treated at a hospital, authorities said. The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel- Air Fire of 1961.

"We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event", Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Los Angeles Times.

More than 100 structures - including 56 homes - have been demolished by the fire since it began early Tuesday morning four miles east of Sylmar, officials said. Getty officials said both museums will reopen Friday. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time Tuesday morning but were not able to take their horses with them.

Evacuation orders first issued Tuesday affected about 150,000 households citywide, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said "thousands upon thousands of homes" had been protected over the past few days.

"We realize what an inconvenience this is and how traumatic this is to so many people, but we've watched fires in Northern California, we've seen through experience it's much better to err on the side of safety", Garcetti said at a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on L.A.'s Westside - a total of 265 district schools and charter schools - were closed Thursday and will remain shuttered today. Dozens of schools in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were closed.

Terrazas warned that the battle was likely to continue until at least Friday. The cause remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. It was the first among the recent fires, beginning the night of December 4 as a brushfire. Schools in Santa Monica were expected to reopen on Friday, but Malibu schools will remain closed, the district announced. City officials confirmed some streets were open to residents only in Bel Terrace, Roscomare Road, all roads between Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Road and North Casiano Road from Mulholland Drive.

Evacuation orders were lifted late this afternoon for most of the Creek Fire-affected area, with the exception of parts of the Shadow Hills and Riverwood neighborhoods, as well as the Limekiln Canyon area.

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