#SkirballFire Causes 405 Shutdown, Evacuations Wednesday Morning

#SkirballFire Causes 405 Shutdown, Evacuations Wednesday Morning

More than 125 firefighters and helicopters dropping water were on the scene of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center, an art complex that draws almost 2 million visitors annually.

The #SkirballFire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared to, as well, according to LAPD.

More than 220 firefighters are on the scene, with assistance from a water-dropping helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Winds in the area were blowing at about 25 miles per hour, according to the Fire Department. The closure was between the 101 Freeway to the north and the 10 Freeway to the south.

Hundreds of homes throughout southern California have gone up in flames as a result of the blaze.

Raging fires on the hills in the swanky Californian suburb of Bel-Air have provided a visually mesmerising backdrop for the drive home from work.

The Rye fire had burned about 5,000 acres and was threatening structures near the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park with 1,300 homes under evacuation order.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway. The mayor declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, as he had done Tuesday in connection with the 11,000-acre Creek Fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires. Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas.

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