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)
- Sylmar Recreation Center (13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar)
- Branford Recreation Center (13306 Branford Street, Pacoima)
- Ritchie Valens Recreation Center (10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima)
- Sun Valley Recreation Center (8133 Vineland Ave, Sun Valley)
- Sepulveda Recreation Center (8825 Kester Ave, Panorama City)
- Granada Hills Recreation Center (16730 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills)
- Stonehurst Recreation Center (9901 Dronefield Ave, Sun Valley)
- Valley Plaza Recreation Center (12240 Archwood St, North Hollywood)
- North Hollywood Recreation Center (11430 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood)
- Chatsworth South Recreation Center (22360 Devonshire St, Chatsworth)
- Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center (14201 Huston Street, Sherman Oaks)
- Mason Recreation Center (10500 Mason Ave, Chatsworth)
- Balboa Recreation Center (17015 Burbank Blvd, Encino)
- Lanark Recreation Center (21816 Lanark St, Canoga Park)
- Chevy Chase Recreation Center (4165 Chevy Chase Dr, Atwater Village)
- Yosemite Recreation Center (1840 Yosemite Dr, Eagle Rock)
For small animals
- West Valley Animal Shelter (20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth)
- East Valley Animal Shelter (14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys)