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Creek Fire burns 11,337 acres in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills

A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A woman takes a photo as the Creek Fire burns behind a hillside near houses in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A firefighter opens a gate to investigate a house threatened by the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A firefighter opens a gate to investigate a house threatened by the Creek Fire as it burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
The Creek Fire burns on a hillside in the Shadow Hills neighborhood on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A resident hoses down burning property during the Creek Fire on December 5, 2017 in Sunland, California.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A man firefighter works to extinguish the Creek Fire as it burns along a hillside near homes and horses in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
A man hoses down a burning palm tree during the Creek Fire on December 5, 2017 in Sunland, California.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
Los Angeles city firefighters try to contain a the edge of the Creek Fire as it moves into a neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
Cindy Speir watches for flames near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
Dan Anctil takes a pause from spraying water on his roof to look for flames at the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
The edge of the Creek Fire continues to spread rapidly in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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A resident watches as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017.
People take photos on their cell phones at the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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Evacuations | School closures | Road closures | Air quality

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County on Tuesday, responding to a pair of wildfires – one that grew to 11,000 acres and threatened thousands of homes in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills, and another that stands at 5,000 acres and 5 percent containment.

Brown's declaration comes shortly after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency, which called on the governor to free up state and federal assistance for the city.

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At a 4 p.m. news conference, officials reported that the Creek Fire was still 0 percent contained and that 30 structures had been lost. Approximately 2,500 homes have been evacuated and an estimated 150,000 residents had been affected by the fire, officials said.

Two firefighters have been injured, officials said. No civilian injuries or deaths were reported.

The fire was first reported before 4 a.m., officials said. Flames later jumped the 210 Freeway and were also burning in the Shadow Hills area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck expected the fires to be a "multi-day" event and urged people to listen to authorities. Strong Santa Ana winds have created dangerous fire weather conditions, which are expected to continue through Thursday.

"If police officers and the firefighters tell you to leave your home, please do," Beck said.

More than 650 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the U.S. Forest Service are fighting the flames both on the ground and in the air, according to LAFD. The LAFD rescued a firefighter whose dozer rolled over. 

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Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in areas between La Crescenta and Sombrero Canyon, north of the 210 Freeway. More than 100 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Avenue. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department created a map of the mandatory evacuation zone, and evacuation centers. Residents bordering the mandatory evacuation zone are encouraged to prepare to evacuate, according to LAFD. 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Some regions that were previously deemed voluntary evacuation areas were changed to be mandatory.

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VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

EVACUATION CENTERS

The Sunland Senior Center Evacuation Center is closed due to its proximity to the evacuation area, according to LAFD.

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The L.A. Equestrian Center is full, and cannot accept any more large animals. Officials at a 4 p.m. press conference also reported that the animal evacuation center at Pierce College was also at full capacity. 

Chu Godinez carries an animal crate containing a chicken as he and Paco Santan evacuate near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
Chu Godinez carries an animal crate containing a chicken as he and Paco Santan evacuate near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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SCHOOL CLOSURES

The following 11 schools will be closed on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District:

The following schools were either closed or redirected on Tuesday:

Sylmar High School is no longer being evacuated.

Los Angeles city firefighters try to contain the edge of the Creek Fire as it moves into a neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
Los Angeles city firefighters try to contain the edge of the Creek Fire as it moves into a neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017.
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ROAD CLOSURES

The Los Angeles Fire Department is encouraging motorists who need to take alternate routes to stay south of the 210. Closures affect the following routes:

Thick smoke from the Creek Fire reduced visibility and made it difficult to breathe in downtown Sylmar on Dec. 5, 2017.
Thick smoke from the Creek Fire reduced visibility and made it difficult to breathe in downtown Sylmar on Dec. 5, 2017.
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AIR QUALITY

Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommended that the elderly and individuals with asthma or other respiratory diseases in the San Fernando Valley, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, Malibu, and Santa Monica – and the surrounding areas – remain indoors, according to a press release.  

The department declared "unhealthy air quality" for the East and West San Fernando Valley areas,  as well as Northwest Los Angeles County Coastal areas.

A number of area medical centers have been affected by the smoke conditions.

Two Kaiser Permanente medical offices, including the Mission Hills Medical Office building, have been closed. The Olive View UCLA Medical Center has canceled afternoon appointments. According to Los Angeles County spokespeople, patients and staff are sheltering in place, and the hospital's emergency room is diverting ambulances to other hospitals. 

The Panorama City Kaiser Hospital has activated an “emergency operations center” to monitor the situation. The hospital is otherwise operating as usual.

Two other major fires were burning in Southern California on Tuesday, including one in Ventura County and one in Santa Clarita.

This story has been updated.