New Wildfire Hobbles Major LA Freeway, Threatens Famed Getty Center

A firefighter battles flames in poor visibility in Lake View Terrace on Dec. 5 2017

A firefighter battles flames in poor visibility in Lake View Terrace on Dec. 5 2017

A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an wonderful - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said. The Creek Fire has so far charred 11,000 acres and has no containment, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

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Winds in the area were blowing at about 25 miles per hour, according to the Fire Department.

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.

The latest California fires come just two months after wildfires in the northern part of the state were blamed for an estimated $3 billion in damage. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties. Before the freeway closing, a morning commuter captured terrifying footage of fire surrounding the freeway.

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A temporary evacuation center was set up at Hansen Dam.

The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101. 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.

More than 125 city firefighters were on scene and the LAFD was being assisted with an additional helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, according to Stewart.

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