"It's been years since anything here has burned at all", Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Cody Weireter told The Times. At least four houses were destroyed near Moraga Drive and Casiano Road, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference, adding that the fire was 0 percent contained.
Yet another wildfire broke out in Southern California this week, this one along the 405 Freeway.
Hundreds of US 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. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.
About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.
Karen Misraje, a partner and branch manager with Partners' Trust, now part of Pacific Union International, and president of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, said firefighters would be informed by the 1961 fire in Bel-Air.
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The Los Angeles Police Department ordered mandatory evacuations and the California Department of Transportation closed Intereste 405 between Highway 101 and Interstate 10.
Several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood had caught fire.
Residents near Bel Terrace and North Sepulveda Boulevard raced outside their homes Wednesday morning as flames neared their homes.
Schools are closed. All schools in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District are closed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times, as are the following Los Angeles Unified School District campuses: Roscomare Road Elementary, Community Elementary Magnet Charter School and Kenter Canyon Elementary School. Northbound lanes remain closed.
Follow the Skirball Fire on Google. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes unsafe. Google Maps has provided a map detailing the location of the fire.