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Horses Burn To Death As Rapid California Blaze Spreads

07 December 2017

The ranch staff said they wanted to open the barn doors to help the horses escape but could not do so as the fire had become too intense.

The horses succumbed to flames and smoke at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar, which was burned Tuesday in the fast-moving Creek fire, the Los Angeles Times reported. "And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" said Patricia Padilla whose family owns the ranch.

The devastating blaze destroyed at least 30 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations that affected an estimated 150,000 residents, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Several schools were shut down through Thursday, as well.

Twenty- one charter schools in the area also will be closed today.

At least 30 structures have been destroyed - including 20 in the Kagel Canyon area and 10 in the city of Los Angeles - and another 2,500 remained under threat Thursday, fire officials said.

The LAFD's "brush burning index" that rates the fire danger was at 296 - "the highest number I've ever seen in my career", according to Terrazas. All were in stable condition, with at least two of them expected to be released from hospitals Wednesday, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Nearly 30 horses died amid the charred landscape of Little Tujunga Canyon Road in Sylmar on Wednesday after being trapped in a barn that caught fire from embers caused by the fast-moving Creek Fire at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar in Southern California.

The LAPD was placed on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders to keep officers beyond the end of their shifts, giving them maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed. A map of now evacuated areas and shelters can be found here. Approximately 120,000 people were impacted by evacuation orders due to the blaze, which ignited Tuesday in Kagel Canyon near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

Seventeen evacuation centers were opened throughout the San Fernando Valley, and all were accepting evacuees and pets.

Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity.

"Injured horses at our sheltering sites are improving and veterinarian care has been provided and will continue throughout this event", officials said.

Horses Burn To Death As Rapid California Blaze Spreads