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A brush fire has erupted near Sylmar

Posted: 7:15 AM, Dec 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-05 15:27:41Z

KAGEL CANYON, Calif. (KABC) -- Firefighters are battling a growing brush fire in Kagel Canyon near Sylmar early Tuesday, amid red flag and high wind warnings.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed the three-alarm fire, which was burning at least 2,500 acres as sustained winds were at 35 mph.

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was first reported as a 100-acre fire in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga Canyon roads.

Residents were beginning to evacuate their homes as flames continued to spread quickly. Areas north of the 210 Freeway between Little Tujunga and Sayre Street were under mandatory evacuation. The area from Sayre Street to the 5 and 14 freeways split was under voluntary evacuation, according to L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.

Firefighters were also battling a massive brush fire, dubbed  the Thomas Fire , in Ventura County, where more than 150 structures were destroyed.