Dozens of expensive hilltop homes were threatened early Wednesday and the San Diego (405) Freeway was shut down as a fast-moving brush fire roared on the other side of the freeway from the Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass.
Described as a "fast moving, 6-acre wildfire" by the Times, the fire has prompted evacuations in the gated community of Bel-Air with several homes now burning.
As of 8:35 am Wednesday, the fire had grown to 11,377 acres per CALFIRE.
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The Associated Press reports a new blaze erupted near Los Angeles in the Ventura, Calif., area early Wednesday. The evacuation order was later expanded, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east. Fire crews were hard at work trying to contain the blaze, but they were fighting a fire fueled 25 miles per hour winds.
Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be ready to go. "But Cal Fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven't been able to get into areas to know for sure". Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive. 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. More than 650 firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Forest Service were on scene.
The Skirball Center shuttered and said it would remain closed until further notice.
Burnt out remains of homes in the Bel-Air section of LA, destroyed by wildfires in 1961 during the dry season.