Firefighters battle Creek fire above Sylmar

A firefighting helicopter is seen above the Creek Fire on Dec. 5 2017

A firefighting helicopter is seen above the Creek Fire on Dec. 5 2017

The so-called Skirball Fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day. Meanwhile, several other wildfires were burning in other parts of the Southland, including the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County, the 11,000-acre Creek Fire in near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace, and the 7,000-acre Rye Fire in the Santa Clarita area. County fire Chief Daryl Osby said two of his firefighters were injured.

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.

On Tuesday evening, a fire official said he suspects hundreds more homes have been destroyed. Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!"

The newspaper said evacuations have been ordered in the Sullivan and Mandeville canyon area. Fixed-wing aircraft are unable to fly and gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are being felt, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

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Most people living in the hills of Los Angeles knew what to do, she said, but it was an especially trying time for people new to the area.

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961. Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers.

An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.

Police were forced to shut down nine miles of the Interstate 405 freeway, one of the busiest in the U.S., early on Wednesday morning. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.

After the fire began, the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed at Bel Air Crest Road all the way back to Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

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