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This map shows areas burned by Creek Fire and mandatory evacuation zones

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From Sylmar to Crescenta Highlands

A house engulfed in flames as the Creek Fire burns on Tuesday.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on December 5. It has been updated throughout with the latest information.

The Creek Fire ripped through a big swath of the San Fernando Valley, mostly north of the 210 freeway, forcing as many as 150,000 people out of their homes this week. But as winds weaken and firefighters gain the upper hand, city officials are allowing many residents to return home.

The majority of evacuation orders were lifted Thursday night, three days after the fire started. Fanned by wicked winds, the blaze has blackened more than 15,000 acres acres since early Tuesday morning. It has obliterated or damaged some 30 homes. It is 40 percent contained.

The fire chewed through neighborhoods and wilderness areas in, around, and above Sylmar. It started shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday near Little Tujunga Canyon Road, and that afternoon, flames jumped the 210 freeway and raced through the Tujunga Wash into Shadow Hills.

Below, a map from the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the fire’s boundaries and just how many neighborhoods were—and still are—affected.

The red boundary is the fire perimeter. The area shaded red is closed to the public. The old evacuation zone is shaded green. The areas shaded dark red and light blue are still under mandatory evacuations.

Those communities include Limekiln Canyon and the portion of Shadow Hills that burned, along with Riverwood, where homes have not burned but remain at risk, according to to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The map also pinpoints evacuation centers and shelters for people and animals. We’ve listed those below.

Emergency shelters (Set up to accommodate sleeping overnight)

For small animals

For large animals