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

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

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

The Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass prompted evacuations and shut down a major freeway early Wednesday. Both lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed as a result of the fire.

The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes and scorched 11,377 acres, authorities said.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes.

The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said.

In Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, a wildfire has burned more than 101 square miles and endangers 12,000 structures, reported The Associated Press. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said". Three helicopters, 90 engines and two bulldozers were also deployed, according to the Forest Service. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes. Once those shelters reached capacity, pet owners were directed to take their large animals to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

As Southern California firefighters continue their struggle to contain fires throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties on Wednesday, commuters found themselves driving next to raging fires that now are threatening the Westwood, Brentwood and Bel-Air neighborhoods of West L.A.

Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed.