Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

A brush fire has erupted on the east side of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass.

According to the Times, the new fires covered as much as 50 acres by 6:20 a.m. PT, but Los Angeles fire officials say 25 miles per hour winds could make it spread.

Herjit Sing sheds a tear after being evacuated from his home on La Tiera Way during the Creek fire on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

North winds of 8 to 14 miles per hour and a relative humidity in the low 20's caused the fire to spread rapidly to the south.

The fire had burned about 50 acres and is quickly spreading, Stewart said. At least 225 firefighters were on the scene, with the LAFD getting additional helicopter help from the Los Angeles County Fire department. It prompted the 405 Freeway to close in both directions between 101 and 10. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road.

It was initially reported at six acres but quickly grew to 50 acres as crews worked against 25 miles per hour winds.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes. Earlier in the morning, authorities ordered evacuations along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

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

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. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.

Burnt out remains of homes in the Bel-Air section of LA, destroyed by wildfires in 1961 during the dry season. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes risky.

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