Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Wayne Carr

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 raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an unbelievable - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road.

A fast-moving brush fire that broke out early this morning in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar has charred about 4,000 acres, burning structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

Some 200 firefighters were deployed to the scene to combat the blaze, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Shortly after 6 a.m., mandatory evacuations were ordered for Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road, down to Bellagio Road, according to the LAFD.

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Winds in the area were blowing at about 25 miles per hour, according to the Fire Department.

Santa Monica College, as well as American Jewish University and Marymount High School were closed.

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

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Burnt out remains of homes in the Bel-Air section of LA, destroyed by wildfires in 1961 during the dry season.

Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.

The new blaze shut down the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles' most congested and busy areas. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back.

The Skirball Center shuttered and said it would remain closed until further notice.

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