New Wildfire Hobbles Major LA Freeway, Threatens Famed Getty Center

New Wildfire Hobbles Major LA Freeway, Threatens Famed Getty Center

The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway.

Colossal flames, blinding smoke, and ash greeted commuters early Wednesday morning (Dec. 6), when a brush fire consumed the hills east of the 405 freeway, prompting mandatory evacuation orders and the complete closures of the popular roadway, according to ABC7.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the blaze, which started before 5 a.m, quickly spread to about 50 acres.

Hundreds of USA firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California.

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 Creek Fire has so far charred 11,000 acres and has no containment, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

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

Schools were closed in the area and some local residents were ordered to evacuate. Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Los Angeles Unified School District and Conejo Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to the fire. Footage shot from inside a vehicle on the 405 showed the fire rolling down a hillside, as if hell itself had appeared in Southern California.

Amid the charred landscape of Little Tujunga Canyon Road in Sylmar on Wednesday stood the remains of Rancho Padilla and the carcasses of almost 30 horses who died in the fast-moving Creek fire.

One of many structors in flamses after an early-morning major alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.

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