Creek Fire chars 4000 acres above Sylmar, Lake View Terrace

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning

The Thomas Fire, which started at around 6:30pm Monday, is considered a wildfire, and was the first of the three fires to ignite.

The latest data released Tuesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection covers land under both state and federal protection.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, freeing state funds and resources to assist the more than 1,000 firefighters battling to save homes from the conflagration.

The Creek Fire was the second blaze to erupt and is also considered a wildfire.

An evacuation center was set up at the Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave. and the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.

Officials were checking on several reports of people being trapped as a result of the fire, but those have not been confirmed, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Stafford said.

Smoke from the fast-moving Creek fire near Sylmar has caused poor air quality, prompting Los Angeles County officials to urge residents in neighboring communities to avoid going outdoors and to limit exercise.

"Kababayans affected by the fires should not hesitate to get in touch with the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles if they need assistance", Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.

The Rye Fire started at about 9:30am Tuesday and has burned through 5,000 acres. Authorities say no structures were immediately threatened, but evacuations were later ordered in an area of Santa Clarita, KABC reported.

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