Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

The so-called Skirball Fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Times also states that authorities have closed all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway and all on-ramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961. The two fires were in addition to the largest blaze, the Thomas fire in Ventura that had destroyed more than 150 homes.

As firefighters tenaciously battled flames from several major fires that all flared in just 24 hours in Southern California, animal lovers anxious about their pet's safety with as many as 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders.

Stewart said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were arriving in the neighborhood to handle any potential evacuation orders. The ongoing Creek Fire in the Sylmar area has scorched more than 11,000 acres. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene.

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The fire led to the closure of multiple freeways, include the very congested 405.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". Gusts of more than 40 miles per hour in the fire areas were picking up embers from the burning fields and structures, sending them wafting downwind where they set additional homes on fire.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas.

The weather conditions were impeding efforts to contain and extinguish the out-of-control blaze, as strong, gusty winds fueled the "extreme" fire behavior, according to the inciweb incident information website.

Another wildfire started in LA early morning Wednesday, December 6, this time close to the Getty Center.

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