More Than 120 Buildings Destroyed by Creek Fire; Blaze Reaches 85% Containment

The Creek Fire near Sylmar remained the second-largest blaze burning in Southern California, holding at 15,619 acres on Saturday.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials survey damage after the Creek Fire near Sylmar scorched a hillside in a photo released by the Sheriff's Department on Dec. 9, 2017.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials survey damage after the Creek Fire near Sylmar scorched a hillside in a photo released by the Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 9, 2017.

Firefighters have been able to prevent the flames from spreading further since Thursday night and the fire was 85 percent contained Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than 120 structures — including 60 homes — have been demolished by the fire since it began early Tuesday morning four miles east of Sylmar, officials said. Another 80 homes and other buildings have been damaged.

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, but 2,500 structures remain under threat, the fire department said. The Angeles National Forest raised its fire danger level to extreme.

Some road closures remained in effect as well: Santiago Estates and Little Tujunga from Middle Ranch to Live Oak Campground were open to residents only. Curbside parking along area roadways was also barred to allow emergency vehicles to pass through freely.

The American Red Cross said it would be distributing relief supplies such as shovels and clean-up kits to area residents on Saturday.

Nearly 2,000 firefighters were still assigned to the fire Saturday.

Officials said the expect containment to be achieved by Monday, Dec. 11, but Santa Ana winds that would continue to blow forcefully through Sunday could create further complications.