07 December, 2017
Los Angeles commuters had one hell of a drive to work on Wednesday morning as a wildfire swept through the Bel-Air district, forcing the closure of at least one stretch of a major freeway.
The L.A. Times reports: "The fire was estimated to cover some 50 acres by 6:20 a.m., but Los Angeles fire officials said it was being fueled by 25 miles per hour winds and would likely grow even more".
As firefighters tenaciously battled flames from several major fires that all flared in just 24 hours in Southern California, animal lovers anxious about their pet's safety with as many as 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders.
North winds of 8 to 14 miles per hour and a relative humidity in the low 20's caused the fire to spread rapidly to the south. The fire is now estimated at 50,500 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds.
More than 220 firefighters are on the scene, with assistance from a water-dropping helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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The new blaze shut down the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Kagel Canyon and some other nearby areas.
The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which have been raging in the Southern California area.
"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. The Creek fire has burned more than 11,000 acres and destroyed at least 30 structures.
About 9 a.m., the southbound freeway was reopened, but some onramps and offramps remained closed in the area, as was a section of Mulholland Drive, the CHP reported. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes risky.