Commuters share terrifying videos of raging wildfire along LA freeway

Dec 07, 2017, 01:52
Commuters share terrifying videos of raging wildfire along LA freeway

In addition to the mandatory evacuations, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says a wider area on the east side of the pass has been advised to get ready in case of evacuation orders. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and wasn't expected to be reopened until at least Wednesday morning. "This is only the second strike team that we will have sent out in 10-years, the first one we went on was the north bay fires which were very devastating".

But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had been enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area.

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.

- Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth.

The University of California, Los Angeles, has cancelled classes for the rest of the day due to hard traffic problems stemming from a wildfire.

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A destructive wildfire that erupted early Wednesday burned not far from The Getty Center, the $1 billion home to the J. Paul Getty Museum and related organizations that overlooks Los Angeles from a perch on the southern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Commuters have uploaded videos and photos showing apocalyptic scenes as the fire rages next to the 405. The Pomona Fairplex also opened its stables for evacuated animals.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.

Celebrities, like everyone else effected by the raging inferno, had to shuttle children to safety as most schools were closed in areas impacted by heavy smoke and fire. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday. High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire.

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.

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave.

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