Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Bel Air as the brush fire erupted near the Getty Center and climbed up the hillside. "Thus far, their dedicated efforts have prevented the loss of life", said Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on its official website.

The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and aren't expected to be reopened until at least later this morning.

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region.

Forecasters are calling for another afternoon of gusty winds, which will help fuel the fires on Wednesday.

This part of the 405 is heavily traveled through the Santa Monica Mountains between the western neighborhoods of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to the north.

The blaze broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

Los Angeles Fire Dispatcher Margaret Stewart said the fire could grow with winds blowing at over 25 miles per hour. It remained unclear at the time what caused each wildfire.


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