Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

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

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

A new wildfire in Los Angeles near the Getty Museum has prompted officials to shut down the 405 freeway completely and evacuate areas of Bel Air in which homes are already burning.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the blaze, which started before 5 a.m, quickly spread to about 50 acres. The 405 Freeway was blocked from the 101 Freeway to the 10 Freeway on both sides, including all on and off ramps.

Stewart said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were arriving in the neighborhood to handle any potential evacuation orders.

Northbound lanes of the 405 freeway were closed just before 7 a.m. A smaller fire in San Bernardino had closed the 215 Freeway. All homes between Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, Roscomare Road to the east and the 405 to the west have been told to evacuate.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has scorched 65,000 acres while the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County had scorched 11,377 acres.

Helicopters and super scoopers that are vital in controlling wildfires were grounded for parts of the day Tuesday due to erratic winds. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported, although the museum is threatened.

Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center.

Santa Monica-Malibu, Los Angeles Unified School District and Conejo Unified School District closed on Wednesday, along with Oakwood School and Marymount High School.

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