Press Release

Hertzberg Comments on Creek Fire Burning near Sylmar, Offers Evacuation Updates

Fire has burned upwards of 11,000 acres in Los Angeles County, with thousands of homes evacuated

December 5, 2017

VAN NUYS – Early this morning, a brush fire erupted shortly before 4 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in Sylmar. By mid-day, the fire had expanded to more than 11,000 acres with little to no containment. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has been in touch with Los Angeles fire and public safety officials, as well as local elected officials, to offer assistance and spread the word about evacuation orders and the latest news on the rapidly evolving situation.

“This fire began quickly this morning and our ongoing unpredictable winds make it an incredibly volatile situation,” said Hertzberg. “Residents throughout the San Fernando Valley should take evacuation orders very seriously, and be prepared to evacuate if the call comes.”

The fire hits close to home for Hertzberg, with at least one staff member from his Van Nuys district office evacuated from their home. The Creek Fire has caused several thousand homes to be evacuated, and 13,000 people in San Fernando Valley were reported to be without electricity.

Hertzberg appeared Tuesday morning at a briefing at the Hansen Dam alongside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Fire and Police, Los Angeles City Fire and Police, Los Angeles Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, and others, as officials reported that this is expected to be a multi-day weather event.

The following resources are the latest available to those seeking information about evacuations and closures. You can also find regularly updated information on the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department’s website.

Evacuation Orders

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:  North of the 210 Freeway from (eastern border) La Crescenta to (western border) Glenoaks Blvd off ramp / Sombrero Canyon

A map of current evacuations can be found here.

Evacuation Centers

SYLMAR RECREATION CENTER
13109 Borden Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91342
Accepting evacuees and pets with owner

BRANFORD RECREATION CENTER
13306 Branford Street, Arleta CA 91331
Accepting evacuees and pets with owner

PIERCE COLLEGE
6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Animal shelter only: Accepting large animals, including horses

WEST VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER
20655 Plummer Street, 91311
Small animal shelter only

EAST VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER
14409 Vanowen St, 91405
Small animal shelter only

LOS ANGELES EQUESTRIAN CENTER -- AT CAPACITY / CANNOT ACCEPT NEW ANIMALS
480 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506
Animal shelter only

SUNLAND SENIOR CENTER – CLOSED DUE TO PROXIMITY TO FIRE
8640 Fenwick St, Los Angeles CA 91040

A map of evacuation centers can be found here.

Road Closures

I-210 is closed between I-5 and SR 2 due to smoke from the fire.

Highway 118 connectors to I-210 to be closed as well.

Follow CalTrans District 7 on Twitter for more updates.

School Closures

A number of schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley are evacuating due to unsafe conditions related to the brush fire near Sylmar.

For the latest details, visit the Los Angeles Unified School District’s website.

Additional information:

For general information about the fire, you can call the Creek Fire information line at: (626) 574-5205

Sign up for emergency notifications at the Notify LA website.

Follow the Los Angeles Fire Department’s alerts on their website.

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For more information, follow @SenateHertzberg on Twitter.

Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district.  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Katie.Hanzlik@sen.ca.gov
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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