Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Map showing the location of the Skirball Fire that started early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

The newspaper said evacuations have been ordered in the Sullivan and Mandeville canyon area. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

Stunned motorists found the hillside ablaze and gridlock below as fire raced towards the homes of numerous city's rich and famous.

Those winds have since settled down, according to Curbed, but mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air south of Mulholland Drive, North Sunset Boulevard, the 405 and west of Roscomare Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving.

Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.

Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass
Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

California is once again on fire, with a blazing inferno - called the Skirball Fire - tearing through the Sepulveda Pass of Los Angeles. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene.

As homes are destroyed or damaged in the area, there will likely be an uptick in lease and rental demand, said Umansky, though the rental vacancy rate in Bel-Air and Brentwood area is very low. The blaze reached 11,000 acres by early afternoon, according to the LACFD.

The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at Hansen Dam.

UPDATE (9:00 am) SB Lanes of 405 from 101 to 10 now open. Firefighting crews were setting up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. 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. The California Highway Patrol said the freeway has reopened, but some off-ramps remains closed.

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