Creek fire shuts down portion of 210 Freeway, traffic being diverted

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Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County Tuesday evening as a result of the Creek and Rye fires.

Fire crews responded to the brush fire dubbed the Creek Fire shortly before 4 a.m. and requested structure protection near Kagel Canyon.

The fires have destroyed homes and continue to threaten thousands of homes raising the demand for evacuation for more than a thousand residents. As of 5:40 a.m., zero percent of the blaze has been contained.

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No injuries have been reported. "I applaud the Governor's decision to declare an emergency in Ventura County and urge him in the strongest possible manner to declare one in Los Angeles County." said Rep. Knight "Emergency resources and personnel are needed in order to stop these fires as soon as possible and ensure the safety of our community".

Supervisor and Chair of the Board Sheila Kuehl said, "County agencies are doing everything they can to contain this unsafe fire".

Road closures are in effect at Little Tujunga Canyon Road between Foothill Boulevard and Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads, Kagel Canyon Road, Lopez Canyon Road, Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street.

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Small-animal evacuation centers have been set up at the West Valley Animal Shelter at 20655 Plummer St. and the East Valley Animal Shelter at 14409 Vanowen St.

More than 50 miles away, officials from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District said that even though classes are in session, students are being kept indoors due to smoky conditions.

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