Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

Creek Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations 210 Freeway Closure Mike Tauber
Dexter Carr | 07 December, 2017, 01:51

While the blaze in Sylmar began spreading rapidly, the 31,000-acre Thomas Fire scorched Ventura County, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared the county a disaster area due to the out-of-control blazes. It has destroyed 11 homes and injured two firefighters, KTLA reported. So far it has consumed at least 45,000 acres and burned down at least 150 structures, including a 200-unit apartment complex and Vista Del Mar, a psychiatric hospital.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait".

An estimated 800 firefighters were on the lines battling the blaze, which was being pushed by sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, along with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said.

UPDATE: (8:00 a.m.) According to Getty Museum Twitter, The Getty Center is closed to the public today. "The Bel-Air fire took out a lot of homes, and it's in the same area as back then".

The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed.

Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.

But by early afternoon, the eastern border of the evacuation area had been enlarged to the Haynes Canyon area.

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Winds are now blowing toward the south, southwest, which has put the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and the Brentwood neighborhood north of Sunset Boulevard on notice.

- Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at Hansen Dam. The Pomona Fairplex also opened its stables for evacuated animals.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

The campus, which houses collections ranging from pre-20th century European paintings to Roman and Greek antiquities, tapestries, photographs and manuscripts, sits on the west side of Sepulveda Pass, a major thoroughfare on the city's west side.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday. Over 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.

Strong winds were hindering the deployment of firefighting aircraft, according to fire officials.

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave. And the Los Angeles Unified School District said the student bodies of Hubbard and Harding schools in Sylmar would be redirected to San Fernando High School at 11133 O'Melveny Ave.in San Fernando.

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