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

07 December, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

Fire crews were hard at work trying to contain the blaze, but they were fighting a fire fueled 25 miles per hour winds.

The Skirball Fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. on the east side of the freeway near Mulholland Drive, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

As of Tuesday night, at least 30 homes were destroyed, about 20 of them in the Little Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon areas.

"Resources are fully engaged saving lives and defending property", she said.

The blaze appeared to be burning across from the Getty Center museum, one of L.A.'s cultural landmarks and home to a priceless collection of art.

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

Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. All ramps along that stretch were also closed. Residents for the area east of the 405, Mulholland to the North, Sunset to the South and Rosomare to the East were warned to prepare for an evacuation.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said. Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers.

The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday.

An image shows the scene on the morning commute for drivers in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning. Once those shelters reached capacity, pet owners were directed to take their large animals to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's station in Santa Clarita reported its 911 emergency phone system had failed due to a power outage. The southbound lanes of the 405 have since reopened. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.




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