Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Danny Woods
December 7, 2017

Angelenos captured the Brentwood or Skirball fire, one of several southern California wildfires, coming dangerously close to the Getty Center in West Los Angeles during the beginning of the Wednesday morning commute.

The Los Angeles Times reports a ring of fire also formed around the hillside house where "Ring of Fire" singer Johnny Cash one lived.

More than a dozen shelters have been set up to help evacuated residents.

So far the fire in Ventura County has burned 31,000 acres and has forced 27,000 thousand people to evacuate.

Meanwhile, the Creek Fire, which broke out near Sylmar and Lakeview Terrace in Los Angeles - was estimated to have grown to at least 11,377 acres.

Police were forced to shut down nine miles of the Interstate 405 freeway, one of the busiest in the United States, early on Wednesday morning.

The fire started near a creek and is threatening homes along the 210 freeway.

Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Police Department ordered mandatory evacuations and the California Department of Transportation closed Intereste 405 between Highway 101 and Interstate 10. Mandatory evacuation for area East of the 405 Fwy, South of Mulholland Dr., West of Roscomare Rd.

An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in.

The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday.

Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.

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.

Osby said high winds hindered the deployment of firefighting fixed- wing aircraft, although more than a half-dozen water-dropping helicopters were being used in the effort. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so", Brown said.

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