Homes Burning in Bel-Air; 405 Freeway Closed Near Skirball Center

Homes Burning in Bel-Air; 405 Freeway Closed Near Skirball Center

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency after the blaze almost tripled in size to 125 acres, destroying at least four homes.

Santa Ana winds continued to hamper the firefighting effort, with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour at their peak.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

"In a wind-driven event, wind is king", Hogan said. The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway.

One firefighter suffered neck burns and was treated at a hospital, authorities said. We'll keep you updated on the emergency as more information becomes available.

Los Angeles Police Cmdr.

The 405, a major freeway servicing Los Angeles, has completely shut down between the 101 and the 10 freeways due to the spreading fire.

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About 700 homes and an apartment building were evacuated Wednesday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency while 11 Los Angeles Unified schools canceled Wednesday classes.

Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews are working both the Creek Fire, which Terrazas said may have burned 14,000 acres above Sylmar, and, on the other end of the city, the Skirball Fire, which erupted in Bel-Air before dawn Thursday. As of 9:30 a.m., off-ramps along the northbound 405 Freeway are closed at the 10 Freeway to Mulholland Drive, and southbound 405 off-ramps are closed from Mulholland to Sunset Boulevard, a CHP spokesman said.

It is not clear if the outages may affect Long Beach or other areas.

LA residents are sharing terrifying videos and pics of the county in flames as the Skirball fire rages through the hills. A full list of closed schools is available at www.lausd.net. Santa Monica-Malibu schools are all closed, in addition to most private schools in the area such as John Thomas Dye and Buckley. It was unclear if those campuses would reopen on Friday.

The fire's forward progress has been stopped, but a number of flareups have popped up in the Bel-Air Crest area as strong, gusty winds started to pick up again on Wednesday evening, according to Peter Sanders, LAFD's public information director. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.

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