150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California
01:50, Dec 7, 2017
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According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities have ordered the evacuation of all homes between Mulholland Drive on the north, Sunset Boulevard on the south, Roscomare Road on the east and the 405 Freeway on the west.
Garcetti had signed an emergency declaration on Tuesday for the Creek Fire, 25 miles to the north, that continued to burn out of control, now having consumed more than 11,000 acres and numerous structures. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. "Watching through the windows, there is a lot of smoke", said Berry, who fled his home immediately to a safe area.
Wind-driven fires have raced through California communities for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles' most congested and busy areas.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said evacuation orders were affecting about 150,000 residents, but a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman put the number at around 120,000.
The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season drove multiple wildfires in Southern California this week.
Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.
Photos and videos posted on social media from people near the Skirball Fire showed Armageddon-like conditions near the 405 Freeway.
The fire had burned about 50 acres and is quickly spreading, Stewart said. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway. A black sky surrounded by fire and ash covered the region as firefighters worked tirelessly at the scene.
Sepulveda Pass carries heavily travelled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains between the western neighbourhoods of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to the north.
The largest and most destructive of the blazes, an 85-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles inland a day earlier.
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