Winds Stoke Wild Fires Burning Out of Control Near Los Angeles

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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". The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. 4 structures confirmed destroyed, may be up to 6.This all according to Los Angeles Mayor.

Commuters on a bus couldn't believe their eyes as cops shut down a portion of the 405, the busiest stretch of freeway in the country, as firefighters fought to save nearby multi-million dollar homes in Bel-Air.

If the fire crosses the 405 freeway, it will hit one of the highest priced residential areas of Brentwood, she added.


The Rye Fire, which prompted a closure of I-5 at the Grapevine, has burned 7,000 and was 5 percent surrounded.

ALL lanes shutdown on 405, due to Skirball Fire threatening Getty Center.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported, although the museum is threatened.

More than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used, the newspaper said.


No evacuation orders were officially in place, however residents should be prepared to get out quickly, Stewart said.

Southern California is suffering an outbreak of large wildfires, thanks in part to strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions that are expected to persist through most of the week.

The Creek Fire started at 3:43 a.m. It began at 3:43 a.m. PT Monday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Power outages were widespread.


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