Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass


The area north of the 210 Freeway from Lowell Boulevard on the east to the Glenoaks Boulevard off ramp on the west is under a mandatory evacuation order, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze was in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center and caused the closure of portions of the highway.

It was a fast-moving brush fire that was growing rapidly up the hills on the east side of the 405, moving toward homes in Bel Air.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire.

Some 105 patients were being voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Ave in Sylmar, said LAFD, noting that they had no reported injuries from any civilians.

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Mandatory evacuation orders were also issued. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations, too, should flames jump the freeway, officials say. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.

The second major fire began Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County and quickly enveloped more than 4,000 acres.

Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.