New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

by Abel Hampton December 7, 2017, 0:27
New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

A dramatic 150-acre brush fire erupted Wednesday morning in the Sepulveda Pass area of Los Angeles, prompting mandatory evacuation orders and the complete closure of the 405 Freeway at the scene, authorities said.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Thousands of people have fled their homes since the fires broke out on Monday. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said.

The 50-acre fire was first reported at about 4:50 a.m. on the east side of the northbound lanes, where there are a number of schools and condominium complexes, across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire.

According to a report from the museum on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, "Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper.

On Tuesday, two unsafe fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Sylmar resident Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told NBC4 the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger.


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