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News Release

Monday, December 7, 2009

Media Relations

City of LA orders mandatory evacuation orders for selected homes in the Big Tunjunga Canyon and Haines Canyon

The City of Los Angeles has issued mandatory evacuations orders for nine (9) homes in the Big Tujunga Canyon and Haines Canyon due to current and predicted heavy rain fall expected this afternoon through this evening.  

The evacuation order will be effective at noon. Los Angeles police officers are scheduled to go door to door and advise residents to evacuate immediately as the next heavy down pour of rain is expected to bear down on the hillside of the previous burned area near these homes.

Thirteen (13) additional homes in the area will be given an evacuation advisory should weather conditions worsen.

Evacuated residents may be allowed to return to their homes tomorrow morning if weather conditions permit.

A Unified Command Post has been established at LAFD Drill Tower 81 with Los Angeles Fire, Los Angeles Police and the Emergency Management Department along with other assisting agencies located 14345 Arminta Street in Panaroma City.  The Unfired Command Post will:

  • Monitor current weather, mud and water flow in trouble areas. The areas of most concern are Ebbey, Haines, Zachau Place, Alpine Way and Blanchard Canyon’s.
  • Provide for the safety of the public while keeping them informed with timely and accurate information.
  • Organize timely evacuation of citizens in threatened communities.
  • Provide security of evacuated communities.
  • Provide traffic control provided for all affected areas and street closures.
  • Minimize damage to the natural resource areas.
Residents should be aware of fast moving water, mud and debris and do not attempt to cross. Fast moving water only a few inches deep has the ability to sweep a person off their feet.
Residents should also be aware of escape routes when entering canyons within the burn area.

The City has opened the following shelters:

For residents and small animals

  • Sunland Tujunga Recreation Center
    8651 Foothill Boulevard
    Sunland, Ca, 91040
    Phone: 818-352-5282
For large animals:
  • Pierce College
    6201 Winnetka Ave
    Woodland Hills, Ca 91371-0002
    Phone: 818-347-0313
Properly filled sand bags are best used to divert rather than dam water flow. Sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 24, 9411 Wentworth Street, Sunland, CA 91040 (SAND DEPOT)
  • Fire Station 75, 15345 San Fernando Mission, Mission Hills, CA 91345
  • Fire Station 77, 9224 Sunland Blvd., Sunland, CA 91352 (SAND DEPOT)
  • Fire Station 91, 14430 Polk Street, Sylmar, CA 91342 (SAND DEPOT) (Sylmar Rec Center adjacent to FS 91)
  • Fire Station 98, 13035 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331(SAND DEPOT)
  • Fire Station 7, 14123 Nordhoff Street, Arleta, CA 91042
  • Olive View Hospital, 14445 Olive View Drive, Sylmar, CA 91342
  • Knollwood Country Club,  12040 Balboa Boulevard Granada Hills, CA 91344
  • Council District 2 Office, 7747 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga, CA  91042
  • Contact:  Pat Davenport, Field Aide - Cell 818-324-4324
A town hall meeting will be held tonight, December 7, 2009,  to address the concerns of residents living in burn areas who  are at risk of being impacted by debris flow and flooding due to the recent Sayre, Sesnon-Marek, and Station Fires. The location of the town hall meeting is:

Sheppard of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, Ca, 91326
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Further updates will be available at: