New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

The fire burned through more than 6,000 acres claiming hundreds of valuable homes

"All Getty buildings have sophisticated filtration systems, but their effectiveness can be compromised by heavy traffic going in and out of the buildings". The fire devoured 150 acres and at least four homes near Morega Drive and Casiano Road.

Meanwhile, wildfires continue to ravage Ventura County: "The blaze has consumed 50,500 acres on its journey to the ocean". Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.

The 405 has now been closed as a precaution, but that was after thousands of Bel-Air residents drove right beside the inferno on Wednesday evening. The eastbound and westbound entrances to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway are closed as well.

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

Around 5 a.m. we learned reports of a 10-acre fire burning near the Getty Museum.

A smaller fire popped up Tuesday afternoon in Porter Ranch but was knocked down without threatening structures or prompting evacuations.

House with pool on fire
New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air bounded to the north by Mulholland Drive, to the south by Sunset Boulevard, the 405 Freeway to the west and Roscomare Road to the East, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Power outages were widespread.

And the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, which hold workouts near the Ventura County fire, canceled practice Wednesday.

"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted.

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