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Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

07 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

A brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar, charred almost 11,400, destroyed about 30 homes and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from their homes, raged on for a second day Wednesday even though air crews made overnight water drops in a bid to douse the flames. The LA Fire Department has also urged residents to leave the area east of the 405, according to CNN: Mulholland drive to the north, Sunset Blvd to the south, and Roscomare to the East. The 405, a major freeway servicing Los Angeles, has completely shut down between the 101 and the 10 freeways due to the spreading fire.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

As of 8:35 am Wednesday, the fire had grown to 11,377 acres per CALFIRE.

The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home.




Forecasters are calling for another afternoon of gusty winds, which will help fuel the fires on Wednesday. Health officials warned people in the heavily populated San Fernando Valley and other parts of the northern Los Angeles area to limit their time outdoors.

At least one home appeared to be in the path of the fire, aerial video showed. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.

Farther north, in Santa Clarita, firefighters were making significant gains against the Rye fire that had burned toward Magic Mountain on Tuesday afternoon.

"We expect to be out here all week fighting and containing this fire", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "I can't believe it, because the fire was so close". "Watching through the windows, there is a lot of smoke", said Berry, who fled his home immediately to a safe area.

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