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Evacuations Lifted Near Creek Fire Burn Area Amid Storm

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Mandatory evacuations were lifted for hundreds of residents in Sylmar near the Creek Fire burn area Tuesday morning as heavy downpour rained down on the region.

The worst of the winter storm hit Tuesday starting at 5 a.m., causing downed power lines and debris flow near burn scars and closing freeways across SoCal. 

The Creek Fire scorched more than 15,000 acres in December before it was contained, leaving shifting soil vulnerable during the biggest storm of the season. 

While residents have been putting up barriers in the area in anticipation of the January storm, fire crews still urged residents to get out. 

The probability of mudslides in the Kagel Canyon area prior to the storm was gauged at 60-80 percent.  

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department imposed mandatory evacuations in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon areas Monday ahead of the storm. The evacuations were lifted by Tuesday at 10 a.m., but only residents with ID would be allowed back into the area. Roads were to reopen as well.

An evacuation center was set up at the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 8133 Vineland Avenue. Large animals were taken to Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills.

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