A brush fire has erupted on the east side of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass. Residents from Sunset to the south and Rosomare to the east should also have a bag packed and be prepared for evacuations.
Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be ready to go.
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. No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.More news: Apple agrees to pay Ireland €13bn in back taxes after European Union challenge
The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.
A home on Casiano Road burns Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in the Skirball fire.
Burnt out remains of homes in the Bel-Air section of LA, destroyed by wildfires in 1961 during the dry season.More news: Trump pushing Hatch to run for 8th term
Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke. Before the freeway closing, a morning commuter captured terrifying footage of fire surrounding the freeway.
Shortly before 7 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the entire 405 Freeway between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, along with on-ramps and off-ramps and freeway transition roads in the affected area. 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.More news: Russia's service sector revving up as business activity accelerates