Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 07, 2017,
Dec 07, 2017, 0:29
The blaze, named the Skirball Fire, erupted just before dawn Wednesday on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass through the Santa Monica Mountains, endangering multimillion dollar homes on the ridge tops as well as the world-renowned Getty Center art complex, which remained closed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A Vanity Fair correspondent captured the scene of the Los Angeles wildfires on video while driving on a freeway Wednesday morning. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.
The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home. The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.
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.
"It's a very hard moment, but we will get through this", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday, the New York Post reported. All ramps along that stretch were also closed.
One resident who was evacuated told KTLA he was surprised at how quickly the winds shifted. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.
But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area. The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, prompting the closures of 14 campuses in the fire area today. The southbound lanes of the 405 have since reopened.