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100 Acre Fire Breaks Out in Valley, Evacuations Under Way

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A "large Fire visible from a distance" was called in to 911 tonight just before 10:30 pm from someone near Veterans Memorial Park in Sylmar, a neighborhood in the northeast San Fernando Valley near where the Marek Fire was located in October. Melissa Kelley of the Los Angeles Fire Department said preliminary estimates indicated that the fast moving blaze was 10-15 acres in size as of 10:50 p.m. CBS2, via a text alert, reported a few minutes later that the fire had burned 20 acres and evacuations were under way. It is reported that at least two homes have been touched by flames. UPDATE: The fire has now officially burned over 100 acres.