13 harrowing photos of the Creek Fire as it rages through the Valley

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Hundreds of Valley residents awoke before sunrise today to orders to flee. A fast-moving and wind-driven wildfire fire was racing toward their homes in the foothills of Angeles National Forest.

That fire, now dubbed the Creek Fire, has swelled to 11,000 acres and destroyed an unknown number of homes from Sylmar to Sunland-Tujunga, officials say. Los Angeles Police Department officers continue going door-to-door this afternoon, telling residents to get out.

The numbers are heartbreaking. So are the images. Dozens of residents have shared photos of flames licking dangerously close to their homes. Reporters on the scene are capturing the smoldering rubble.

They showcase how scary living close to LA’s wilderness areas can be, especially when the Santa Ana winds are blowing. Those powerful winds, so often romanticized, not only fan wildfires but scatter embers, turning homes into matchboxes.

Below are a dozen harrowing photos posted to Instagram and Twitter of the Creek Fire.

#strangesunlight #nofilter #ash #smoke #fire #逃げる

A post shared by I I Takalanonaka (@taka_nonakahill) on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:03pm PST

This morning on Hubbard just before it becomes Gavina

A post shared by Ernie Cardenas (@ernie.gram) on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:49pm PST

Anybody want to come help fight the fire?

A post shared by Ej Manning (@ejmann13) on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:57pm PST

Morning wake up call. FIRE .

A post shared by Edwin Martinez (@lookmanoclutch) on Dec 5, 2017 at 12:49pm PST

#notagain #sylmar #fire #abc7eyewitness #crazywinds

A post shared by @smokeyy420 on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:19am PST


A post shared by @mobeans_n_goobeans on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:56am PST

#CreekFire burned homes continue to smolder as the wicked wind continues to push this fire forward. @nbcla

A post shared by John Cádiz Klemack (@johnnbcla) on Dec 5, 2017 at 7:43am PST

More open flames #CreekFire@KNX1070pic.twitter.com/ZC57nDYQrv

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) December 5, 2017

Another home on East Trail lost to the #CreekFire@KNX1070pic.twitter.com/j8dkBLsg9X

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) December 5, 2017

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