Southern California is fighting several wildfires around Los Angeles.
Southern California is dealing with multiple wildfires surrounding Los Angeles and with the Santa Ana winds expected to return today, it’s unclear when these fires will be put out. The Creek Fire, north of Burbank, has devastated parts of the San Fernando Valley and has burned 12,000 acres and several homes. One of the places hit by the fire is Rancho Padilla in Sylmar, Calif., just off Little Tujunga Canyon Road. The property was housing more than 60 horses from different owners when the fire started, according to the LA Times. ABC7 reports that the fire moved quickly towards the property overnight and woke up those living on the ranch at 4 a.m. because of the smoke. Despite their best efforts, the ranch workers were unable to save the animals and nearly 30 horses burned to death on the property.
“All I could think about was the horses, the horses, the horses. And they were like, ‘Get out, get out, get out,’” Patricia Padilla, whose family owns the ranch, told the LA Times. “The structures can get rebuilt, but the lives of the horses can’t. That’s my biggest heartbreak.”
There are currently five fires burning in souther California threatening homes, schools, livestock, and major freeways. Creek Fire, which hit Rancho Padilla, is 5 percent contained, according to Los Angeles Daily News. The latest fire to erupt is the Lilac Fire burning in San Diego forcing mandatory evacuations almost immediately. Thousands of Californians have had to evacuate their homes and the Santa Ana winds continue to fuel the fires.
For more information on the fires, visit Cal Fire. There you can find up-to-date information on the fires and the progress firefighters are making to contain them.