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150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

It was the very beginning of the notorious commute on the 405 Freeway on Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. Both lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed as a result of the fire. It is a bypass auxiliary route of Interstate 5, running along the southern and western parts of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine in the south to near San Fernando in the north. News videos show multiple homes are burning.

The blaze comes amid a red flag warning - due to low humidity and fierce Santa Ana winds - that is expected to last through much of the week.

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California
150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

The Creek Fire was reported as a 1,000-acre brush fire at 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga by the Angeles National Forest.

We will continue to give the latest updates as we get them. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.

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The 210 Freeway has been shut down from Sunland Boulevard on the east to the 5 Freeway on the west, and the 118 Freeway interchange with the 210 is also closed amid the firefight. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

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The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said.

About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar.

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Most people living in the hills of Los Angeles knew what to do, she said, but it was an especially trying time for people new to the area. For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St. Northbound lanes remain closed.


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